Michigan woman sues Wolverine Packing Co. over E. coli

A truck pulls away from the dock at Wolverine Packing Company in Detroit on May 19, 2014.  Officials say the Detroit-based business is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products sold for restaurant use in four states that may be contaminated with the bacteria E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday that affected Wolverine Packing Co. products were produced between March 31 and April 18. They were shipped to distributors in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. The Food Safety and Inspection Service says 11 illnesses have been identified.  (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Brandy Baker)
A truck pulls away from the dock at Wolverine Packing Company in Detroit on May 19, 2014. Officials say the Detroit-based business is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products sold for restaurant use in four states that may be contaminated with the bacteria E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday that affected Wolverine Packing Co. products were produced between March 31 and April 18. They were shipped to distributors in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. The Food Safety and Inspection Service says 11 illnesses have been identified. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Brandy Baker)

DETROIT (AP) – A college student sickened at a Detroit-area restaurant has sued a packing company that recalled 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli.

Rachel Tamminga’s lawsuit against Wolverine Packing Co. was filed Tuesday in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court.

It seeks at least $25,000 in damages and says Tamminga was hospitalized with an E. coli infection linked to the Detroit company’s recall.

According to the suit, Tamminga became ill April 23 after eating ground beef at a restaurant in Farmington and at least one other location.

A message was left Wednesday with a Wolverine Packing spokesman.

Officials say 11 people in four states have been sickened.

Tamminga says she was in the hospital for six days and still suffers from general weakness and gastrointestinal discomfort.

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