Iowa-Based Pizza Ranch Sued Over E. Coli Outbreak

March 17, 2016

Two people were hospitalized

After it was connected to a nine-state E. coli outbreak, Iowa-based chain Pizza Ranch now faces a lawsuit related to the public health crisis. Food safety attorneys Elliot Olsen and Ryan Osterholm filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas on Thursday, taking action for plaintiff Richard Simmons Jr.

Simmons is suing Pizza Ranch on behalf of his 7-year-old daughter, claiming the child contracted E. coli after dining at an Emporia, Kan., location in January. After eating “food from the buffet including, but not limited to fried chicken, pizza,
breadsticks, salad, and dessert pizza,” Simmons’s…