dallasnews.com – A pan of food left out at a Waxahachie buffet sent a woman to the hospital with “fried rice syndrome,” a lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages alleges.
Germaine Mobley, 62, of Corsicana claims that after a 2016 lunch with a friend she started vomiting, and by the next morning she was having trouble breathing. Within a day she was in an ICU, where she stayed for eight days — including two with a ventilator.
“I remember going, ‘I’ve never even heard of this,'” her lawyer Kathryn Knotts said. “[Mobley] wasn’t sure what could even really be done, she just wanted this to not continue to happen to other people.”
The bacteria that cause “fried rice syndrome,” Bacillus cereus, are commonly found on foods that have sat out at room temperature and can cause cramps, vomiting and diarrhea, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The symptoms generally don’t last more than a day or two.
But Mobley, who had pre-existing health conditions, spent an additional three months in rehab after she left the hospital, Knotts said. Treatments cost over $100,000.
Asian King owner Huanan Ye said through a translator Wednesday that the lawsuit does not provide sufficient proof of the claims. The restaurant’s lawyers were not immediately available for comment.
Yeaaaaa this is the gamble you take with some of these buffets. I didn’t know there was a such thing as fried rice syndrome but here we are. And no shit he said there isn’t sufficient proof…nobodies trying to shell out a smooth mill over this but it sound like she has a pretty good case on her hands.