Maine Mom Files E. Coli Suit for Son

Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, August 11, 2016

North Haverhill — A mother from Maine has filed a civil lawsuit against PT Farm after her son was sickened with E. coli from beef allegedly produced at the North Haverhill-based plant.

Sarah Monks on Thursday filed a nine-page complaint in Superior Court in Maine’s York County alleging the farm, in part, acted negligently when it manufactured, distributed and sold the contaminated beef products.

Monks, a resident of York, Maine, also claims PT Farm breached “implied warranties” of the meat’s quality and is liable for selling the “adulterated” product that she claims sickened her 9-year-old son.

Monks is seeking a jury trial and financial award.

A message left on Thursday for PT Farm owner Peter Roy wasn’t returned.

In June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled nearly 9,000 pounds of beef products produced at PT Farm after authorities concluded an E. coli outbreak there sickened more than a dozen people throughout four New England states.

PT Farm is a USDA-inspected slaughterhouse and meat processing plant on Benton Road in North Haverhill.

Monks claims her son was one of 14 people sickened from beef produced at PT Farm. She said her son was treated at two different hospitals for “multiple” days in the middle of June because of the illness, according to the lawsuit, filed in court by her Portland, Maine-based attorney Peter Felmly.

Monks claims her son, who was only identified by his initials in court documents, tested positive for the E. coli strain that matched the one associated with the outbreak at PT Farm.

Monks said she purchased PT Farm ground sirloin in mid-June at the butcher shop Maine Meat in Kittery, Maine, which is one of several retail locations listed on the USDA’s website as having received contaminated PT Farm beef.

She said she bought the meat around June 12 and her son consumed it the following day. He began to feel ill on June 18, according to the suit.

Roy, the farm owner, said in a previous interview that a “contamination event” on the slaughterhouse floor in early June led to the outbreak.

Beef products labeled for four specific farms — one being PT Farm and another being Piermont-based Robie Farm — were involved in the initial product recall, which took place in late July.

Jordan Cuddemi can be reached at jcuddemi@vnews.com or 603-727-3248.