Minnesota lawsuit filed against Applebee's following E.coli outbreak

By KBJR News 1

July 15, 2014 Updated Jul 15, 2014 at 7:43 PM CST

Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A Twin Cities law firm filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Applebee's restaurant chain for allegedly selling a product tainted with E.coli.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, seven people reported eating at five Applebee's locations in Minnesota between June 24th and June 27th.

One of those victims ate at the Duluth Applebee's.

The product being blamed for the E.coli outbreak is the Oriental Chicken Salad.

Applebee's has voluntarily removed this item from its menu.

Applebee's publicly admitted that the outbreak was a result of a "vendor produce issue."

Minneapolis attorney, Ryan Osterholm, says the lawsuit is based on a defective product that caused life-threatening illness.

"It is a product liability case, we will allege in our lawsuit, that we are going to be filing today, that it was a defective product, basically that this was an unreasonably dangerous product that made people deathly ill," said Ryan Osterholm, PritzkerOlsen Attorneys.

The plaintiff is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

Health officials say symptoms of E-Coli poisoning include stomach cramps and diarrhea.

If you have eaten at an Applebee's since June 20th and have symptoms, you're asked to contact your healthcare provider.

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