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Raw ground beef recalled by Illinois retail store
A store in Mt Prospect, Illinois, is recalling 54 pounds of raw ground beef after health inspectors determined it may be contaminated with e. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) discovered the issue through routine product sampling on March 14, 2019. As a result, La Rosita Fresh Market Inc., recalled ground beef items that were ground in the store and packaged for consumers behind the meat counter.
Potentially contaminated raw ground beef items were packed on March 13 and March 14, 2019 and sold at La Rosita Fresh Market, located at 1805 W. Algonquin Rd in Mt Prospect. Recalled ground beef items include varying weights of ground beef packed in white traLa Rosita Fresh Market beef recallys with plastic wrap. The label contains “MOLIDA DE RES GROUND BEEF” and either “Packed On 3/13/19 Sell By 3/20/19” or “Packed On 3/14/19 Sell By 3/21/19.”
FSIS warns anyone who may have these raw ground beef items at home not to consume them, as they may pose a health hazard. 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.
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Grille at Gold Dust West Salmonella Lawyer: Eggs identified as probable source of salmonella outbreak at Nevada grill
An outbreak of salmonella linked to the Grille at Gold Dust West in Elko, Nevada, may have been caused by eggs included on the menu. At least 17 people have become sick with salmonella symptoms after eating at the restaurant. Health officials from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services are continuing their investigation as the Grille remains open to customers.
Jacob’s Entertainment owns the Grille at Gold Dust West, located at 1660 Mountain City Hwy in Elko. The company’s Chief Operating Officer, John East, confirmed that the Nevada health department asked that the restaurant remove eggs from the menu while the investigation continues.
Eggs can become contaminated with salmonella from poultry, through the laying process. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following for the safe handling and consumption of eggs:

Pillsbury flour recalled for possible health risk: Experienced Flour Salmonella lawyer Discusses Recall
Approximately 12,245 cases of Pillsbury® Unbleached All-Purpose Flour have been recalled by Hometown Food Company because the flour may be contaminated with salmonella. Flour should not be eaten raw as it is essentially minimally processed wheat. Cooking or baking with flour, heating the raw product, helps ensure its safety for consumers. However, as a safety precaution, consumers are being advised not to use any of the recalled flour they may still have in their kitchens.
Hometown Food Company has recalled two specific lot codes of 5-pound bags, at the retail level, of Pillsbury® Unbleached All-Purpose Flour. The lot codes affected are 8 292 and 8 293. The recalled bags are labeled with UPC 0 5150022241 6 and best if used by dates of April 19, 2020, and April 20, 2020. The Pillsbury® Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 5-lb bag recall is effective throughout the US.
There have been no reports as yet of any illnesses associated with this recall. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
Consumers who have used the recalled flour at home should thoroughly clean all surfaces and utensils that may have come in contact with the raw flour or with uncooked dough or batter. Anytime flour is used, consumers should wash their hands after handling flour or uncooked dough or batter. Consumers should never eat uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour.
To speak to a Flour Salmonella lawyer about a Flour Salmonella lawsuit, or to discuss the Pillsbury® Unbleached All-Purpose recall,call 1-888-335-4901.

Organic bean sprouts recalled in Florida: Fullei Fresh Listeria recall just one more recall of sprouts, notorious carriers of pathogens
Organic bean sprouts shipped to Whole Foods Markets in Florida have been recalled because of their potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. Fullei Fresh, based in Miami, is recalling its Organic Bean Sprouts, which were also shipped to Freedom Fresh, a Miami distributor. The recalled bean sprouts were shipped on February 18, 2019.
The Florida Department of Agriculture tested a sample that investigators had pulled from a store shelf. Shortly after, Fullei Fresh announced the recall. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also aware of the recall and the potential contamination. THis is just another in a long string of recalls, and even outbreaks, linked to sprouts that are one of the more difficult food items to sanitize.
Affected products are packaged in 4-ounce plastic clam-shells. The package is labeled with UPC 017442052108, the lot code 041, and a sell by date of February 28, 2019. Consumers who have these bean sprouts in their homes should not eat them but should dispose of them properly.
Although no illnesses have been reported to date, consumers should be aware of the potential effects of listeria contamination.  According to one  Listeria lawyer, “listeria is one of the most difficult pathogens to identify because it does not usually show up in a routine stool sample.  Most people who actually get identified as having listeria are only identified after a cerebral spinal tap culture following diagnosis with encephalitis or meningitis.”  An estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 of those infected die. Listeria outbreaks are often linked back to produce, such as sprouts, as well as dairy and fruit products.
Listeriosis is caused by listeria monocytogenes, 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.
For more information about the Fullei Fresh Listeria recall, or to talk to a  lawyer about a Fullei Fresh Listeria lawsuit, call 1-888-335-4901

Salmonella Post-Infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome Lawsuit: Post-Infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome (PI-IBS) Affects About 1-in 20 Food Poisoning Voctims 
Foodborne illnesses can render the small intestines imbalanced. After a malicious bout of food poisoning, the composition of the small intestinal tract microbiota can be left…compromised, to say the least.
In order to orchestrate an array functions like protecting the body against pathogens, alerting the immune system of threats, and digesting/metabolizing insoluble fibers, the gut microbiome needs to have balance.

Tony Coveny, PhD, Infectious Disease Attorney


Food poisonings disrupt the balance of microbes in the small intestine. This imbalance can lead to the chronic inflammation of the small intestines called infectious enteritis (EI) and post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome (PI-IBS).
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According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, IBS is a disorder “associated with abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation or both,” and “foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria increase the risk of developing IBS” (NIDDK)[1].  The term “post-infectious” indicates the connection between having a bout of food poisoning and developing IBS.
Becoming ill from a foodborne pathogen puts you at risk for developing post-infectious IBS (PI-IBS).  There is a growing correlation between individuals recovering from a bout of foodborne illness and PI-IBS. According to an article published in Gastroenterology, the “risk of IBS was 4.2-fold higher in patients who had infectious enteritis in the past 12 months than in individuals in those who had not” (Klem). Additionally, the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders claims, “between 6–17% of individuals with IBS” associated their condition and an infectious illness” (IFFGD)[2].
Pathogens like Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Norovirus (viral) and protozoal Giardia lamblia(Klem)[3] all increase the likelihood of developing PI-IBS.
Unfortunately, a widely accepted management strategy PI-IBS does not exist. Diets containing prebiotics and dietary fiber can help modulate the gut microbiota, but there is no cure for PI-IBS.
[1] https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/foodborne-illnesses
[2] https://www.aboutibs.org/what-is-ibs-sidenav/post-infectious-ibs.html
[3] Klem, Fabiane et al. “Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Outcomes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome After Infectious Enteritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” Gastroenterology vol. 152,5 (2017): 1042-1054.e1.
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Supermercado Rivera Salmonella Outbreak: Salmonella suspected in carnitas sold at Chicago store
At least six people who ate carnitas and other food they purchased from Supermercado Rivera in Chicago during February suffered food poisoning that was probably caused by salmonella. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is investigating the salmonella outbreak after people who purchased food on February 23 or 24, 2019, at the kitchen counter of the store became ill.
Supermercado Rivera is located at 4334 W. 51st Street in Chicago. Health officials performed an environmental assessment of the store after the illnesses were reported. CDPH representatives then provided guidance on safe food handling practices and environment cleaning in an effort to prevent additional illnesses among consumers. Salmonella can be a result of poor food safety procedures, poor hygiene practices among food handlers, or improper cooking of food.

Tony Coveny, PhD, Infectious Disease Attorney


Customers who ate carnitas or food purchased from the kitchen counter of the store on February 23 or 24, 2019, may have been exposed to salmonella. CDPH is advising consumers not to eat any carnitas or other food they purchased from the kitchen counter at Supermercado Rivera on February 23 or 24, if they still have it in their refrigerators or freezers.
According to Salmonella Lawyer Ron Simon,  salmonella symptoms usually last four to seven days, with many victims recovering without treatment. But, Simon adds, others require hospitalization and can suffer side-effects for years to come.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that Salmonella causes approximately one million illnesses and 450 deaths in the United States each year. CDPH has also issued an alert to area physicians about the outbreak, providing medical guidance.
If you are experiencing severe diarrhea, symptoms of dehydration, or high fever, seek medical attention. Most people who are infected develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after eating contaminated food.
CDPH is monitoring the situation closely for additional reports of illness. The food suspected of being contaminated with salmonella is no longer being sold by Supermercado Rivera.
For more information about the Supermercado Rivera Salmonella Outbreak in Chicago, to speak to a salmonella lawyer, or ti file a salmonella lawsuit, call 1-888-335-4901.
 

FDA Commissioner resigning after only two years in office – Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.to Resign
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), hard hit by the partial government shutdown in early 2019, is facing another challenge as Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., has announced he will resign from his position at the end of March. Gottlieb was a key advocate in regulating e-cigarettes and vaping. A physician, Gottlieb led the way in approving less expensive generic medicines and in trying to resolve the opioid crisis. Commissioner Gottlieb also worked on ways to more effectively prevent and track outbreaks of foodborne illnesses.
In a speech delivered at the NASDA Winter Policy Annual Conference in February 2019, Gottlieb reiterated a 2017 announcement that “routine inspections associated with the Produce Safety Rule, other than for sprouts operations, would begin in the spring of 2019.” The Product Safety Rule established science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.
Part of that initiative, undoubtedly in response to the multiple romaine lettuce e. coli outbreaks, was to provide training to farmers and regulators on food safety procedures. Gottlieb added that “We’re working with farmers, the produce industry and other stakeholders and considering lessons learned from the most recent outbreaks as we work to make sure the agricultural water standards will help protect all produce.”

Tony Coveny, PhD, Infectious Disease Attorney


According to Food Poisoning Attorney Tony Coveny, PhD, and attorney with Ron Simon & Associates, “while its not fair to state that the government shutdown led directly to the decision of Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.to Resign, it certainly made his job more difficult.  At ta time when we, as food poisoning lawyers, were racing across the country in an effort to respond to massive E. coli, cyclospora, salmonella, and norovirus outbreaks, the FDA was running on a skeleton crew.”
FDA’s mission is, in part, focused on “ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply.” The FDA regulates dietary supplements, bottled water, food additives, infant formulas, other food products (although the U.S. Department of Agriculture plays a lead role in regulating aspects of some meat, poultry, and egg products), as well as pet food. Gottlieb’s successor has not yet been announced.
For more information about recent food borne out breaks, the FDA, issues prompting Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.to Resign, or to speak to a food poisoning lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.

FDA issues warning letter to egg producer:  “Not Uncommon” says Egg Salmonella Lawyer
Gravel Ridge Farms, in Cullman, Alabama, was identified as the source of a multi-state outbreak of salmonella related to the consumption of eggs in 2018. In February 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to the egg producer, which had to recall approximately 660,000 shell eggs produced between May 22 and August 29, 2018.
The FDA detailed in its letter the many violations they found in an inspection of the Gravel Ridge Farms egg production facility in September 2018. Specifically, inspectors determined that  45 people in 12 states were infected with the same strain of salmonella found in one environmental swab from the farm’s egg laying house No. 2 and one environmental swab from its egg laying house No. 4.Tony Coveny, Ph.D. - Food Borne Illness Attorney
According to the CDC: “CDC advises consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat, serve, or sell Gravel Ridge Farms cage-free large eggs, which have been linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections.”
In the letter, Steven B. Barber, Division V Director, Office of Human and Animal Foods Operations-East, addressed Gravel Ridge Farms and its role in the salmonella outbreak, saying the farm’s “shell eggs are adulterated within the meaning of Section 402(a)(4) of the FD&C Act, 21 USC 342(a)(4), in that they have been prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth, or whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health.”
Gravel Ridge Farms was found to be in violation of so many food safety regulations that Barber indicated it was “unlikely to become operational.” He warned, though, that if the farm did restart egg production, that it would have to “work with the Alabama Department of Agriculture to ensure you follow the requirements of the egg safety rule.  If you plan to resume operations, you should provide documentation of any corrective actions taken including sanitation steps performed in the laying houses.  We will verify the implementation of your corrective actions and their adequacy during the next FDA inspection.”
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Mexican restaurant in Washington subject of investigation after suspected norovirus outbreak: Norovirus Lawyer Investigates
California Tacos, a Mexican restaurant in Lakewood, Washington, closed temporarily while health department investigators determined the source of a norovirus outbreak among customers and employees. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department received reports of 11 illnesses in customers suffering from norovirus symptoms.
In addition to the customers who fell ill, two restaurant employees became sick with norovirus symptoms between February 20 and February 23, 2019. Restaurant customers who ate at California Tacos between February 21 and February 24, 2019, reported becoming sick.
Health officials inspected California Tacos, located at 14818 Union Ave. SW in Lakewood, after receiving reports of norovirus and determined that employees had to properly clean and sanitize the restaurant before it would be allowed to reopen. Employees were also required to dispose of all ready-to-eat foods, including vegetables, bread, and cheese. Investigators were satisfied that those requirements were met and have since reopened California Tacos to customers. Investigators, and Norovirus lawyer Ron Simon, are still investigating how the virus was introduced into California Tacos in the first place.
Note: Norovirus lawyer Tony Coveny, who lived very close to the Lakewood restaurant for many years, stated: “An experienced Norovirus lawyer will help you navigate the claims process, and there are never any out-of-pocket costs to you.”  Norovirus lawyer Tony Coveny encourages you to call him directly at 281-851-9343.
The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has investigated at least four restaurant-based norovirus outbreaks in the past year, with approximately 500 people becoming sick after eating in area restaurants.
Another recent incident occurred at Tijuana Taco, also in Lakewood. Customers and employees reported becoming sick within the same timeframe as the California Tacos illnesses, but health officials have yet to determine a connection between the two restaurants. At least five people became ill after eating at Tijuana Taco on February 22. Two employees reported become sick on February 23, after working at the restaurant the previous day.
Tijuana Taco was also closed for cleaning and sanitation. Health officials also required that they dispose of all ready-to-eat food ingredients like produce, bread, and cheese. The Tijuana Taco food truck was closed as well, as the food for the truck comes from the restaurant where the source of the norovirus is suspected to be.
To speak to a Norovirus Lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901 – We can answer your Norovirus lawsuit questions.

Green beans and butternut squash potential health risk: Can a Listeria Lawyer Help You?
Select bags of Marketside brand green beans and butternut squash may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, potentially causing a health risk for anyone who consumes them. Southern Specialties Inc., based in Pompano Beach, Florida, has recalled the produce after being notified by a raw material supplier that a routine test of a food contact surface tested positive for listeria. Surfaces that come in contact with food, either in the processing or preparation phase, can cause cross-contamination if they are not free from infectious bacteria.
Southern Specialties is working with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the possible health risk involved in the produce. The company has recalled all products that were repacked at its facility on the same contaminated repacking line as the supplier’s product. Even though Southern Specialties was able to retrieve much of the potentially contaminated green beans and butternut squash, some was still shipped to retail stores.
The produce was shipped to one retail distribution center which then shipped, on February 17, 2019, to stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Recalled products that may have reached retail stores and that may be in consumers’ homes include the following Marketside brands:

Consumers are warned not to eat any of the green beans or butternut squash that may be contaminated. 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. Even healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
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