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E.coli Lawyer Update: King Arthurs Flour Recall

Following Aldi’s Baker Corners’ flour recall last month the King Arthur flour brand has issued a recall on over 14,000 cases of 5-pound bags of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour.

King Arthur Flour Brand issued the recall after being informed by ADM Milling Co. that certain wheat used to make their flour had been linked to an ongoing outbreak of E. coli infections. On May 24 the CDC stated that they would be investigating a multistate outbreak of E.coli O26 infections linked to the flour packaged by ADM Milling Co.

As of now there have been 17 reported cases of E.coli in 8 states 3 of the reported cases have been hospitalized fortunately there has been no reported casualties as of today. There has been no direct sign of the cases being linked to King Arthur’s flour brand since the recall.

The King Arthur flour brand recall does not include purchases done in:

The FDA has yet to inform if any other companies have received flour produced by DM Milling factory.

Because the used by dates on the King Arthur flour brand recalls are all on December it is advised to anyone who still has a King Arthur flour brand at home outside of their original packaging to use caution and dispose of it.

In order to avoid the possibilities of contracting E. coli from flour it is best to:

It is recommended to seek medical assistance if you believe you have contracted E. coli as 5 to 15% of people diagnosed with it may develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially life-threatening form of kidney failure. The symptoms of E. coli may include:

For more information about the King Arthur Flour recall, flour and E. coli, or to speak to a Flour E. Coli Lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.

SoCo Brand Tahini Product Recalled: Salmonella Lawyer Update on Tahini Salmonella Recall      

On June 10th, the Florida company, Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC., recalled “all retail and bulk Karawan brand Tahini, sold in Jars: 450g (15.87 oz) and Buckets: 17kg (599.6 oz); 3kg (105.8 oz)” after four cases of food-borne illness from Salmonella contamination were revealed.

Tahini is a middle-eastern condiment that is comprised of toasted ground hulled sesame. It is usually served by itself as a dip, but many others use it for an ingredient in hummus, baba ghanoush or halva (a sweet and dense middle-eastern candy).

This recall was initiated due to a laboratory experiment that tested two samples of Kawaran brand tahini and found traces of Salmonella within both. As the FDA and the Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC continue to do research and get to the bottom of how the Salmonella contamination got into the tahini, the product will remain in recall. In addition, no further importation or distribution of the product will continue until the FDA is satisfied with their findings.

According to Tahini salmonella lawyer Ron Simon, the tahini product came for Palestine between the dates of December 2018 and April 2019, with most product arriving in Texas and New York prior to distribution.

Salmonella contamination in foods is more common than one might like to believe, says Salmonella Lawyer Ron Simon. According to the CDC, there were 16 cases reported last year alone and there have already been four separate cases this year. The other three cases of Salmonella contamination this year have happened within the past four months and include: Butterball Brand Ground Turkey (March 13), Pre-Cut Melon (April 12), and Frozen Raw Tuna (April 15).

Salmonella is a bacterial disease that makes people sick. Those who experience salmonellosis have symptoms such as: vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fevers between 12 and 72 hours after the bacteria enters the human host. It is reported that about 1.2 million people fall ill from Salmonella contamination every year and about 450 people in the United States pass away from extreme cases of the disease.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above that may have resulted from eating something or have purchased any Kawaran brand tahini in the past few months, please see a health specialist. There are resources below to help you learn more about Salmonella contamination and about this specific food recall in the state of Florida.

For more information about the Tahini Salmonella Recall , or to speak to a Salmonella Lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/newport-04-19/index.html
  2. https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/brodt-zenatti-holding-llc-recalls-karawan-brand-tahini-soco-brand-tahini-because-possible-health-0
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tahini

Berry Hepatitis A Lawyer Update: Costco frozen berries pose health risk for consumers

Just this week Kroger Company issued an important recall of its Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley (48 oz), Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley (16 oz), and Private Selection Frozen Blackberries (16 oz) because of potential hepatitis A contamination.  These products are from Townsend Farms, which has been previously identified as a source of a massive Hepatitis A outbreak. Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a health alert for the Kroger brand berries.

But now, according to Berry Hepatitis A Lawyer Ron Simon, the recall is affecting Costco, who has issued its own recall due to the potential contamination of its berries with Hepatitis A. Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand Three Berry Blend has been recalled as the berry product is also potentially contaminated with hepatitis A. Three Berry Blend is sold by Costco in California and Hawaii in 4-pound bags labeled with best by dates between February 16, 2020 and May 4, 2020. Consumers are warned not to eat either the recalled Costco berries or the recalled Kroger berries.

Potentially contaminated Kroger brand berries include:

According to Berry Hepatitis A Lawyer Ron Simon, the source of the hepatitis A contamination of these berry blends appears to be in the blackberries contained in each. The FDA is investigating the situation and has found that the blackberries for Costco’s berry blends and for Kroger’s frozen berry products came from the same supplier.

Hepatitis A virus (HAV) can result in a liver infection that may be inapparent. However, when symptoms occur, they can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. HAV is found in the stool and blood of people who are infected. HAV is spread when someone ingests the virus, usually through person-to-person contact or from eating contaminated food or drink. Contamination of food with the hepatitis A virus can happen at any point: growing, harvesting, processing, handling, and even after cooking.

For more information about the Costco and Kroger recall of berries, or to speak to a Berry Hepatitis A Lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.

Tahini Salmonella Lawyer Update: States that received potentially contaminated tahini identified

Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC recently recalled all of its tahini products because they are potentially contaminated with salmonella. The company, based in Jupiter, Florida, distributed the tahini under the brand names Karawan and SoCo. The potentially contaminated tahini products were imported from Palestine and distributed directly to New York and Texas. It is now known that those distributors then shipped the tahini products that may be contaminated with salmonella to Massachusetts and Virginia.

Four people have become ill from consuming the tahini and one person has been hospitalized because of the severity of their salmonella-related symptoms. Recalled Karawan and SoCo brand tahini was sold in bulk and in retail sizes: 450g jars (15.87 ounces), 17kg buckets (599.6 ounces), and 3kg buckets (105.8 ounces). The potentially contaminated tahini products were imported between December 2018 and April 2019.

According to Tahini Salmonella lawyer Ron Simon, consumers should be aware of any tahini that may be in their homes that could be contaminated with salmonella and that could cause serious health issues. The retail label for SoCo brand tahini includes:

Labels for the recalled Karawan brand tahini products include:

According to Tahini Salmonella lawyer Ron Simon, as is customary in an outbreak like this, Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC has ceasedd importing or distributing the tahini while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigates to identify the source of the salmonella.

For more information about the Salmonella Tainted Tahini Imported Directly to Texas and New York, or to speak to a Tahini Salmonella Lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.

Flour E. Coli Lawyer Update: ADM Milling recalls another batch of flour for possible health risks

According to flour e. coli lawyer Ron Simon, the potential reach of a recent flour e. coli recall has grown, a s expected.  Now, King Arthur Flour has recalled its 5-pound Unbleached All-Purpose Flour after being informed by its supplier, ADM Milling, that the wheat may be contaminated with e. coli. ADM Milling was also involved in the recent recall of Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour out of concern that the flour may cause potential health risks for consumers.

King Arthur Flour, based in Norwich, Vermont, and ADM Milling Company are recalling 14,218 cases of the 5-pound bags of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour that was distributed through retailers and distributors nationwide because of the potential presence of e. coli in the flour. The recalled King Arthur Flour includes:

ADM Milling Company informed King Arthur that certain wheat used to make these specific lots of flour has been linked to an ongoing outbreak of e. coli infections. According to flour e. coli lawyer Ron Simon, E. coli causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

Consumers who have 5-pounds of King Arthur Flour in their homes should check the best used by dates and lot numbers. Recalled flour should not be consumed, as it may cause adverse health issues, but should be disposed of properly or returned to the store where it was purchased.

For more information about the King Arthur Flour recall, flour and E. coli, or to speak to a Flour E. Coli Lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.

McDonald’s Cyclospora Lawyer Update: Fresh Express Launches New Prevention Research

Over the past year there have been multiple recorded outbreaks of Cyclospora throughout the United States, with the Cyclospora Lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates taking the lead on several of them – including the many Cyclospora claims against  McDonald’s, Fresh Express, Del Monte, and in previous years, Bob’s Taco, Red Lobster, and Olive Garden.

Through this all, in an acknowledgement that preventing food-borne illnesses can be difficult to ensure, one leafy-green supplier has recently released prevention research on the topic. The company, Fresh Express, sold a product that was widely reported to be a carrier of the Cyclospora parasite in 2018.  Fresh Express’ findings were released last week in hopes of maintaining and protecting consumer health.

Fresh Express: Cyclospora in Pre-Packaged Salad Causes Hundreds of Illnesses

If you have purchased pre-packaged bags of salad from any retail grocery store before than you have probably purchased a bag of food from Fresh Express. Fresh Express supplies salad kits to grocery stores across the country in a variety of styles and includes over ten different types of leafy greens including: kale, spinach, romaine lettuce and red/green cabbage. Unfortunately, in 2018, Fresh Express sold salad mix that made its way into McDonald‘s salads, including the very popular Southwest Chicken Salad.  This, according to Cyclospora Lawyer Ron Simon, led to many lawsuits and hundreds of claims by victims.  The litigation is ongoing.

Just after the outbreaks in 2018, Fresh Express responded by assembling a group of researchers and scientists that they labeled the Blue-Ribbon Panel who were experts in Cyclospora, food safety, public health and now, preventing food-borne illnesses. Some industry leaders  have suggested that there has been too little research on how to prevent this parasite from spreading and infecting humans, and this group was being assembled to correct that.

Over the next many months the group met to test the parasite and learn more about the “life cycle of the parasite, its dependence on human hosts, factors affecting its infectivity, potential modes of transmission and, importantly, recommendations for mitigation against contamination and future outbreaks.” Just this past week the team finally release their preliminary findings through an interim report posted through the company’s online website (freshexpress.com). In addition, the full report has been posted through the Posted Marketing Association as well as the United Fresh Produce Association.

According to Cyclospora Lawyer Ron Simon, “the reason we filed the Cyclospora Lawsuits against McDonald’s and Fresh Express was precisely for this reason, to effect change to prevent this sort of nation-wide or multi-state outbreak from happening again.  Hopefully, this effort by Fresh Express will have real teeth and lead to change, and not be merely an attempt to appear responsive to public demand for change.  Time will tell.”

The Cyclospora Lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates Explain Cyclospora

According to the CDC, Cyclospora cayetanensis is “a parasite composed of one cell, too small to be seen without a microscope.” It can then become a food-borne illness that is spread through food and water that was contaminated with feces. Once a human is contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite, the disease, referred to as cyclosporiasis, attacks and infects the intestines. The symptoms of this disease include: diarrhea, nausea, bloating, fatigue, weight loss and loss of appetite.

For further information about Cyclospora and how to prevent this food-borne illness, a list of resources have been listed below as well as the links to the sites containing the preliminary findings from the Blue-Ribbon Panel Interim Report.

  1. https://www.andnowuknow.com/whats-store/fresh-express-releases-blue-ribbon-panel-interim-report-prevention-Michael-T-Osterholm-John-P-Olivo/jordan-okumura/63403
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/gen_info/faqs.html
  3. https://www.freshexpress.com/products
  4. https://www.freshexpress.com/sites/default/files/news_release_brp_interim_report_06.05.19.pdf
  5. https://www.pma.com/Content/Press-Releases/2019/Interim-Report

Salmonella Lawyer Update: Tahini Potentially Contaminated with Salmonella

Tahini is an extremely versatile ingredient made from ground sesame seeds; it’s great for salad dressings, homemade hummus, and sauces. Packed inside tahini are nutrients like magnesium, potassium, and iron. Tahini is also a good source of calcium, vitamin B, and vitamin E. Nutty and creamy, tahini is much like nut butter, for there are similar handling expectations and risks for recalls.

For instance, there’s been a recent recall of imported tahini due to the risk of the product being potentially contaminated with Salmonella. According to the FDA, Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC of Jupiter, Florida is recalling all jars Karawan brand tahini (both bulk and retail) due to potential Salmonella contamination. All recalled Karawan Tahini was imported from Palestine between December 2018 and April 2019 and sold in 450g and 17kg jars. [1]

An infection from Salmonella, also known as salmonellosis, is a common bacterial disease affecting the intestinal tract. Salmonella is commonly linked to products like raw meats, poultry, and eggs, but it can also contaminate other foods like cantaloupe, raw vegetables, and items like tahini.

According to the CDC, Salmonella causes over 1 million illnesses each year.[2] Symptoms of infections from Salmonella usually occur between 6 to 48 hours after eating a contaminated food product.

Symptoms include:

Salmonellosis is dangerous, for prolonged illnesses can lead to severe dehydration. Signs of dehydration include dark yellow urine, dry mouth, headache, dizziness, and excessive thirst.

To ensure your tahini is safe, check the brand and batch number to see if it was one of the recalled products. To keep your jar of tahini fresh, store it in the refrigerator for up to six months. Storing tahini at room temperature will increase the rate of oxidation, making your tahini taste stale and go rancid.

For more information about the Karawan Brand Tahini salmonella recall, or to speak to a Salmonella Lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.

[1] https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/brodt-zenatti-holding-llc-recalls-karawan-brand-tahini-soco-brand-tahini-because-possible-health

[2] https://www.cdc.gov/features/salmonella-food/index.html

E. coli Lawyer Update: Three e. coli illnesses in Illinois a mystery to health officials

Three people in Winnebago County, Illinois, have become ill from e. coli contamination, but county health officials have yet to determine the exact cause of the foodborne illness. Winnebago County, with a county seat in Rockford, Illinois, reports that the illnesses began May 31, 2019, when the three infected people began experiencing diarrhea.

Residents of Winnebago County should be aware of the symptoms of e. coli contamination and take care when preparing and consuming food to avoid infection. E. coli infection doesn’t manifest as quickly as other foodborne illnesses. E. coli generally appears three to four days after the initial infection, though in some cases, symptoms don’t appear for over a week. The most common E. coli symptoms include:

The Winnebago County, Illinois, Health Department recommends that consumers take steps to help prevent E. coli, including:

To speak to an E. coli Lawyer, or to move forward with an E. coli lawsuit, call 1-888-335-4901.

E. Coli Lawsuit Lawyer’s Update of San Diego Marine E. coli Outbreak Linked to Beef Served by Maryland-Based Sodexo Inc.: Hundreds of Marine Corps Recruits Likely Sickened by Ingestion of E. Coli Tainted Beef

After nearly a year, Marine Corps Recruits sickened by E. coli continue to come forward for compensation for illnesses they developed after consuming Sodexo-prepared food in 2018, this according to E. Coli Lawsuit Lawyer Ron Simon.  At least three E. coli Lawsuits are currently pending, with at least one filed in in U.S. District Court in San Diego, but many more claims by Marine Corps recruits and staff are pending outside the courts.

At least a few of the Marine Corp Recruits have developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a potentially deadly result of the kidneys becoming clogged with blood cells that can lead to kidney failure and death. According to E. Coli Lawsuit Lawyer Ron Simon, who has settle many HUIS cases, “these are not like the usual E. coli cases, which are tragic enough.  HUS cases are life changing, and knowing the science, the ramifications, and having the best experts in the world on retainer is vital to settling these claims.”

“We usually try to settle claims without having to file a lawsuit, in order to reduce the amount of money that has to be spent to recover an award.  That way, more of the money goes to the injured Marine Corps member,” says E. Coli Lawsuit Lawyer Ron Simon, whose firm practices food poisoning litigation exclusively and who has handled thousands of E. coli cases in the last 20 years.

The most recent update form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, following active inspections of the barracks, cafeterias, and bathrooms used by Marine Corp recruits, led inspectors to identify undercooked ground beef tainted with two separate strains of E. coli.  The report stated:

San Diego Marine Corp E. coli Lawsuit lawyer

Food Poisoning Lawyer Tony Coveny, PhD is a food safety lawyer, author and commentator. He works with National Food Safety Lawyer Ron Simon.

“Environmental findings, including reports from recruits, showed that Sodexo Inc.’s employees routinely undercooked ground beef served to recruits, and only intermittently checked the temperature of foods, including ground beef, using an appropriate thermometer . . . Moreover, the environmental investigation showed a number of instances of temperature abuse involving other foods.”

Sodexo, which prepares the meat for the Marine Corp recruits, released a statement through their spokesperson, Enrico Dinges, in which they acknowledged they were aware of the CDC report but continued to assert that the report “did not conclusively determine or identify the source of the E. coli.”  Dinges added, in an email, that “it is important to note that Sodexo is a recognized industry leader in food safety and quality assurance making the safety, health and wellbeing of our clients and customers the number one priority.”

E. Coli Lawsuit Lawyer Ron Simon: “In this case, Sodexo is Strictly Liable and Negligent Per Se.”

Under the theories of strict liability and Negligence Per Se, Sodexo is liable even if there was no negligence – though in this case, negligence appears obvious because the meat is alleged to have been undercooked.  But under strict liability, and a theory called negligence per se, Sodexo is liable simply because they served food that was “adulterated” with E. coli.  Under both federal and state statutes, Sodexo had a legal duty to comply with all applicable health regulations, including one or more of the following:  the USDA’s prohibition of the “sell, transport, offer for sale or transportation, or receive for transportation, in commerce . . . [of] human food [that is] adulterated or misbranded at the time . . . “ as codified at 21 U.S.C. § 610; FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices Regulations, 21 C.F.R. part 110, subparts (A)-(G), and all statutory and regulatory provisions that applied to the import, manufacture, distribution, storage, and/or sale of the product or product ingredients, including but not limited to, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act, § 402(a), as codified at 21 U.S.C. § 342(a), which bans the manufacture, sale and distribution of any “adulterated” food; and California’s Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, CA Health & Safety Code § 110545, which imposes an identical ban.

A department of the armed forces, the Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch, issued a Monthly Communicable Disease Report in May of 2018 with information on Shiga Toxin Producing E. coli, or STEC.

 

For more information about the San Diego Marine Corp E. coli Outbreak, or to speak to a  E. coli E. Coli Lawsuit Lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.

Daycare Outbreak Lawyer: Lack of hand washing could be cause of salmonella at daycare

A daycare in Omaha, Nebraska, where 100 children were enrolled is the site of a salmonella outbreak that may have been caused by employees not washing their hands before preparing food. Douglas County health officials are investigating the outbreak at the Elite Childcare Academy, but it is still unknown how many children became sick from the salmonella.

Health officials have not pinpointed a source for the salmonella but suspect the infection may have occurred when employees did not properly wash their hands after changing a child’s diaper and before handling or serving food to the children at the daycare.

Elite Childcare Academy has closed until further notice, as employees are undergoing training and are cleaning the facility. Douglas County health officials must give permission for the daycare to re-open, after certain health and safety requirements are satisfactorily met.

Daycare operators sent notices to the children’s families in an attempt to help determine the source of the salmonella. They have confirmed that children attending the daycare were infected with salmonella but did not specify how many were ill.

It is possible for some people to be infected with the bacteria and to not get sick or show any symptoms, but to still be able to spread the infection to others, so health officials are urging families to watch their children and all family members for symptoms of salmonella contamination.

Those symptoms can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 6 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients need to be hospitalized.

TO speak to a Daycare Outbreak Lawyer, or to discuss a childcare salmonella outbreak or any other outbreak at a childcare facility, call 1-888-335-4901.

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