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Tesco and Asda face legal action for compensation over E.coli outbreak illness

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Lawyers acting for two people who fell ill in the E.coli outbreak linked to salad leaves - including a girl from the North West - have started legal action against Tesco and Asda for compensation.

Legal firm Fieldfisher told the PA news agency it has issued letters of claim for breach of the Consumer Protection Act over own-brand sandwiches purchased in the supermarkets.

The claims relate to an 11-year-old girl from the North West and a man from the South East. The UK Health Security Agency said on Thursday one patient had died in the E.

coli outbreak, which investigators believe is linked to salad used in sandwiches. READ MORE: Detectives swoop at Greater Manchester school and make arrest Fieldfisher said the claim against Asda relates to the 11-year-old girl who contracted E.coli after eating an own-brand chicken salad sandwich bought at one of its stores. "The girl, aged 11, developed the serious condition haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), which attacks the kidneys and has been on dialysis for three weeks," it said. "She was discharged home two days ago but could be at risk of permanent kidney damage.

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