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E. coli Attorney: “Kentucky e. coli outbreak source narrowed to beef, chicken, and cheese, but which is the guilty conduit?”
The e. coli outbreak that initially impacted 20 people across the state of Kentucky has now sickened at least 44 people. The outbreak has also spread to parts of Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio. Health officials from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services believe they have narrowed the source of the infections to beef, chicken, and sliced American cheese. Initial reports identified an unknown type of food distribution service as a possible common factor among those who became ill, possibly fast food.

Tony Coveny, PhD, Infectious Disease Attorney


Investigators have determined that the strain of bacteria is e. coli O103, which is less common than the strain that usually causes foodborne disease illnesses, O157:H7. With 44 cases of illnesses, Kentucky now has the largest outbreak of e. coli O103 in the US since 2000. Six people who became ill from e. coli have been hospitalized.
Health officials may increase the number of illnesses that can be connected with beef, chicken, and sliced American cheese e. coli contamination. It typically takes 2-3 weeks from the time someone becomes ill, when they seek medical attention, for the illnesses to be reported to the health department.
According to one E. coli attorney:

“beef and chicken are obvious culprits when raw, as most meats  require cooking or another kill-step to destroy bacteria.  But cheese, unless unpasteurized, and processed or prepared meats, should be free of any pathogen like e. coli O103.”

The illnesses have been reported across the state of Kentucky. At least five cases occurred in Fayette County, which includes one of Kentucky’s largest cities, Lexington.
Kentucky health department officials are coordinating with investigators in Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine the source of the growing numbers of illnesses related to e. coli contamination.
TO speak to one of the experienced e. coli attorneys at this law firm, or discuss an e. coli lawsuit or e. coli outbreak, call 1-888-335-4901.

Listeria Attorney:  Another  butter recall issued for Listeria
Another recall has been issued for organic nut butters. The most recall is for a variety of Wholesome Pantry Organic nut butters that may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. Wakefern Food Corp., based in Keasbey, New Jersey, issued the recall out of concern that the nut butters may pose a health risk to consumers.
Wakefern’s supplier, Oskri Organics Corporation of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, notified the company that several nut butters produced in the Oskri facility had tested positive for listeria. The potentially contaminated nut butters were sold in ShopRite, Price Rite Marketplace, The Fresh Grocer, and Dearborn Market stores located in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Virginia.
Five varieties of Wholesome Pantry Organic nut butters are included in the recall. All are packed in 16-ounce plastic jars, with best by dates on or before June 2020. The recall includes:

According to Listeria Attorney Ron Simon: “ Listeria is most dangerous to the elderly, those with weak immune systems, and to pregnant women due to Listeria’s impact of fetal growth and development, even causing still-births and miscarriages.”
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Consumers who have any of these nut butters in their homes should not eat them. Rather, they should dispose of them properly or return them to the store where they were purchased.
Need to talk to a Listeria Attorney who specializes in food poisoning? For more information about the Wholesome Pantry Organic nut butters Listeria Recall, or to speak to a listeria attorney, call 1-888-335-4901.
 

E. coli outbreak in Kentucky possibly linked to fast food: E. Coli O103
The state of Kentucky continues to be challenged by an outbreak of Hepatitis A that began in August of 2017 and now faces a different kind of serious outbreak – an E. coli outbreak in Kentucky. Kentucky Department of Public Health officials state that at least twenty people in Kentucky have recently tested positive for a strain of  e. coli, known as e. coli  O103, in what officials call a “sharp increase” in e. coli infections. At least six of the victims in the e. coli outbreak in Kentucky have been reported hospitalized, though it remains unclear if any of those victims have suffered from e. coli induced hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
Investigators believe a type of food distribution is the likely source of the e. coli outbreak in Kentucky, possibly in a fast food setting, but have not yet named any particular store or product.  The more victims that come forward in the Kentucky e. coli  outbreak, explains E. coli lawyer Ron Simon,
Salmonella lawyerHealth department officials have not yet identified the source of the e. coli outbreak in Kentucky other than to state that all the victims appear to have frequented fast food establishments. A department alert reports that most of the cases of e. coli infection were reported between March 11 and March 20, 2019, and involved children and teenagers. Most of the illnesses in the e. coli outbreak in Kentucky have been reported in central Kentucky, in 13 counties, with five cases in Fayette County and two cases each in Harrison, Pike, and Laurel counties. Bourbon and Knox counties, in addition to several others, have reported one illness each.

“We have seen five cases and that’s abnormal for us in such a short period of time with the people getting sick so close to one another,” Fayette’s Cobb said.

Fast food may be the culprit in the e. coli outbreak in Kentucky, although it is not definitive as yet. A health department official did report that the people who became ill had “extensive exposure” to fast food restaurants.
According to Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeff Howard:

“Healthcare providers across Kentucky have been alerted to this potential threat and are working with us to make sure patients are identified and are receiving appropriate care. Meanwhile, we encourage all Kentuckians to be aware of the signs and symptoms of E. Coli illness and to seek care if they are ill.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), “When two or more people get the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink, the event is called a foodborne disease outbreak.” The Kentucky Department of Public Health is continuing to investigate the e. coli outbreak in Kentucky, to determine the specific source of the contamination and to prevent further illnesses.
For more information about the E. coli outbreak in Kentucky, to speak to an e. coli lawyer about filing a E. coli lawsuit or making an e. coli claim, call the experienced e. coli lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates at 1-888-335-4901.

New beef recall announced after e. coli testing:  Raw Beef E. coli lawsuit filed
Almost 5,000 pounds of beef heel and chuck tender products have been recalled for potential e. coli contamination after traceback activities following routine U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) testing. Aurora Packing Company, Inc., based in North Aurora, Illinois, recalled 4,838 pounds of the beef products because they may pose a health hazard to consumers.
The potentially contaminated beef heel and chuck tender products were produced and packed on February 27, 2019, and shipped for institutional use in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Recalled products include:

Institutions that may have these products in their freezers should not use them. E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
THere are a number of illnesses linked to E. coli in beef, that have led to a number of Beef E. coli Lawsuits
For more information about a raw beef e. coli lawsuit, or to speak to an e. coli lawyer. Call 1-888-335-4901.

Avocado Listeria Lawyer: Avocados in 6 states recalled for Listeria:  Most victims will not be tested for Listeria
Avocados have trended over the past couple of years as the new health food. Normally, they are packed with nutrition, including significant amounts of fiber and potassium. However, avocados sold in six states may actually be a health hazard to consumers, as routine inspections of the Henry Avocado packing facility in California have returned positive results for listeria monocytogenes in environmental samples.
Henry Avocado Corporation is now recalling its conventionally grown and organic whole avocados sold in bulk at retail stores. These avocados are potentially contaminated with the same listeria monocytogenes found in the environmental testing.
Recalled avocados were packed in California and distributed to stores in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Packing at the Henry Avocado California facility began in late January 2019. The company also imports avocados from Mexico and those are not included in the recall.

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Retail stores have been notified and should remove all recalled avocados from their shelves. Consumers who have these potentially contaminated avocados in their home should not eat them. The recalled products can be identified by “Bravocado” stickers on the fruit. Henry Avocado organic products are labeled “organic” and include “California” on the sticker. Retailers can identify Henry Avocado organic products by the bar code on the stickers.
Henry Avocado is working with federal and local health officials in California to ensure all recalled avocados are removed from store shelves. Consumers should be aware that Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Testing for Listeria Difficult:  Most Positive Tests are from Spinal Fluid
The problem, according to one very experienced Avocado Listeria Lawyer, is that most people who get Listeria are not tested for it.  They often develop encephalitis or meningitis and are treated prophylactically with antibiotics, but the physicians do not want to perform an intrusive procedure like a spinal fluid tap.  In other cases, expecting mother’s miscarry or have still-births and no placental culture i s performed.  This means that for victims, in order to pursue an avocado Listeria lawsuit, Listeria has to be diagnosed through differential diagnosis, coupled with proving the exposure to the product.
To speak to a Avocado Listeria Lawyer about a Avocado Listeria Lawsuit, or generally about listeria, call 1-888-335-4901.

Ground Beef Salmonella Lawsuit: 403 Confirmed Cases but Experts Suspect as Many as 12,000 Sickened
Only a small number of the victims are counted in any official count of food borne illness victims – that that includes the Ground Beef Salmonella outbreak linked to JBS Tolleson.
As with most outbreaks, the number of confirmed cases in the Ground Beef Salmonella outbreak is considered by many experts, including the Ground Beef Salmonella Lawsuit lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates, to be closer to 12,000.  As experienced food poisoning lawyers, what we find is that most of the victims do not seek medical attention when they suspect food poisoning. In addition, most of those who seek medical attention receive ameliorative care for such symptoms as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain, but do not provide a stool sample for culturing.  The reason, says Food Poisoning lawyer Ron Simon, “is that most doctors initially assess a case of food poisoning as being of likely viral etiology, and tell their patients to return if their condition worsens,” recommend probiotics, or provide such medications as ondansetron (Zofran) and over-the-counter medications, as well as recommend hydration.  Viral food borne illness does not show up in a stool culture, and most physicians try to avoid unnecessary tests when treating their patients.
But there are some exceptions.  If a person is a severe case that leads to hospitalization (at least 117 of the confirmed JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella victims), often a stool culture is justified.  In addition, a prolonged illness (more than 2 days) will often lead a physician to opt to have a stool culture.  In either case, because salmonella is a bacteria that is readily identifiable, it will show up in those stool cultures.   These cases, about one-in-thirty of the actual number of affected individuals in the average outbreak, are the “confirmed cases.”Tony Coveny, Ph.D. - Food Borne Illness Attorney
While many victims can pursue a Ground Beef Salmonella Lawsuit after becoming infected with salmonella, the ones who have a stool culture are the most likely to file a Ground Beef Salmonella Lawsuit.  [For more information about a Ground Beef Salmonella Lawsuit, call the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901].
The JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak
The beef implicated in the Ground Beef Salmonella outbreak includes about 7 million pounds of beef produced between July 26th and  September 7th, 2018.  For a list of locations where you may have acquired the tainted beef, click here. The illnesses linked to eating the tainted JBS Tolleson Ground Beef became symptomatic between August 5th of 2018 and (so far) February 8th of 2019.  With the amount of time needed for a victims illness to be treated, tested, and reported, more may be identified – especially if the beef is frozen for later use, as freezing does not kill salmonella.
The official numbers in the JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak include 403 epidemiologically confirmed cases, with 117 victims hospitalized, and no deaths. No information is yet available as to how many will develop post-infectious IBS, post-infectious reactive arthritis, or other complications of salmonellosis.
If you have these beef products, you are encouraged to return them to the retail outlet where you purchased them.  If you became sick, you may wish to contact an experienced Ground Beef Salmonella Lawsuit lawyer before doing so at 1-888-335-4901.  Always prepare beef properly to avoid illness.

JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella lawyer warns that, though the official ground beef salmonella outbreak is over, more victims may still be idenitfied
An outbreak of salmonella infections related to raw ground beef has been declared over; however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to warn consumers about beef they may have in their freezer. The CDC has also issued an advisory that consumers should handle and cook beef properly to avoid future illnesses.
In October 2018, JBS Tolleson, Inc., announced a recall of its ground beef products because they were potentially contaminated with salmonella. That recall was expanded in December 2018, to include a total of 12,093,271 pounds of non-intact raw beef products.
CDC health officials state that 403 people in 30 states became ill after consuming the contaminated ground beef products, with 117 people being hospitalized for their severe symptoms. California was the hardest hit during the outbreak, with 143 people reporting illnesses there. Colorado had 60 illnesses and Arizona had 54 illnesses related to contaminated ground beef products.
Other states affected included Connecticut (1), Hawaii (5), Idaho (3), Iowa (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Michigan (1), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (2), Missouri (3), Montana (10), New Mexico (23), New York (1), Nevada (14), Ohio (9), Oklahoma (10), Oregon (1), South Dakota (10), Texas (19), Utah (11), Washington (3), West Virginia (1), Wyoming (5).
Over 100 retailers sold the recalled beef throughout the US. Consumers should check freezers for ground beef products produced by JBS Tolleson, Inc., of Tolleson, Arizona, from July 26, 2018, through September 7, 2018. These beef products potentially contaminated with salmonella were sold under various brand names. Consumer should check for the establishment number EST 267, usually found inside the USDA mark of inspection.
For more information about this JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak, or to speak to a JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella lawyer about a JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella lawsuit, call the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901.

Avocados in 6 states recalled to prevent potential listeria outbreak
Avocados have trended over the past couple of years as the new health food. Normally, they are packed with nutrition, including significant amounts of fiber and potassium. However, avocados sold in six states may actually be a health hazard to consumers, as routine inspections of the Henry Avocado packing facility in California have returned positive results for listeria monocytogenes in environmental samples.  Now, fear of another listeria outbreak have the officials recommending another recall.
Henry Avocado Corporation is now recalling its conventionally grown and organic whole avocados sold in bulk at retail stores. These avocados are potentially contaminated with the same listeria monocytogenes found in the environmental testing.
Recalled avocados were packed in California and distributed to stores in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Packing at the Henry Avocado California facility began in late January 2019. The company also imports avocados from Mexico and those are not included in the listeria recall.
Retail stores have been notified and should remove all recalled avocados from their shelves to prevent another listeria outbreak. Consumers who have these potentially contaminated avocados in their home should not eat them. The recalled products can be identified by “Bravocado” stickers on the fruit. Henry Avocado organic products are labeled “organic” and include “California” on the sticker. Retailers can identify Henry Avocado organic products by the bar code on the stickers.Listeria Outbreak lawsuit
Henry Avocado is working with federal and local health officials in California to ensure all recalled avocados are removed from store shelves. Consumers should be aware that Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
For more information about listeria outbreaks, or to speak to a listeria attorney about filing a listeria lawsuit, call to speak to one of our food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901.

Amid hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky, elementary school lunchroom employee diagnosed
A hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky has sickened 4,336 people, with 2,084 of those hospitalized. The outbreak has resulted in 44 deaths so far. The Kentucky Department of Public Health declared the hepatitis A outbreak in November 2017.
One of those recently infected is an elementary school food service employee. The employee handled food at Indian Hills Elementary School in Christian County, Kentucky.

Tony Coveny, PhD, Infectious Disease Attorney


The Christian County Health Department announced the diagnosis on March 20. Health officials are continuing to investigate this hepatitis A outbreak. The elementary school is working with the health department to ensure that anyone who may have been exposed is taking precautions. They are concerned that others in the community may be infected, although the health department states that the risk of anyone who ate at the elementary school becoming sick is low.
Hepatitis A affects the liver. It spreads from eating food and water contaminated by particles of fecal matter or through contact with an infected person. It often spreads when an infected person does not wash their hands after using the bathroom. Symptoms include yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark-colored urine, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever and gray stool.
People who handle food must be particularly careful not to become infected and not to spread the infection to others. Hepatitis A can spread quickly in environments such as schools and day cares, where people come in close contact with each other. Health officials strongly recommend that people who handle food wash their hands thoroughly and regularly and avoid unclean food and water.
For more about this hepatitis A outbreak, the legal options for hepatitis A victims, or to investigate the option of filing a hepatitis A lawsuit, call to speak to a food poisoning lawyer at 1-888-335-4901.
 
 

Contaminated Cough Syrup: Baby cough syrup recalled as potential health hazard
Cough syrup manufactured by Kingston Pharma, LLC, of Massena, New York, is being recalled because it may be contaminated with Bacillus cereus /Bacillus circulans. In food products such as cough medicine, Bacillus cereus can cause gastrointestinal illness with symptoms ranging from mild to severe and even fatal.
Kingston Pharma is recalling 2-fluid ounce (59 mL) bottles of DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus, in lot KL 180157. The potentially contaminated product was distributed nationwide to Dollar General retail stores. The problem with the cough syrup was discovered after audit testing revealed the presence of Bacillus cereus /Bacillus circulans in sample bottles contained in the recalled lot. In fact, one in ten bottles tested showed low levels of Bacillus cereus and two in ten bottles tested showed low levels of Bacillus circulans.
The company has suspended production of the baby cough syrup during the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) investigation. Recalled products were shipped in cartons labeled DG™/health baby Cough Syrup + Mucus in 2-fluid ounce bottles marked with Lot KL180157 Expiration date 11/20 on the bottom of the carton and back of the bottle label, with the UPC 8 54954 00250 0.
Consumers should not use any of the recalled product they may have in their homes. Contamination with Bacillus cereus /Bacillus circulans can cause illnesses with symptoms that include vomiting and diarrhea. Most often, illnesses are mild and self-limiting, although more serious and even lethal cases have occurred. Individuals at risk for more severe forms of illness include infants, young children, and others with weakened immune systems. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem with the use of DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus.
For more information about Contaminated Cough Syrup, or to speak to a food poisoning lawyer about the Contaminated Cough Syrup, call 1-888-335-4901.

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