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Listeria Lawyer Update: Listeria confirmed in raw goat milk in NY state

The presence of listeria monocytogenes has been confirmed in raw goat milk, after the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets tested a sample of the milk in May 2019. As a result, the department is warning consumers not to drink the unpasteurized raw goat milk. Side Hill Acres, located in Candor, New York, produced and sold the potentially contaminated milk. After lab tests confirmed the presence of listeria in June 2019, however, Side Hill Acres is now prohibited from selling the milk to consumers.

Side Hill Acres is located at 79 Spencer Road in Candor. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is warning consumers in Tioga County and the surrounding area – as well as anyone else who may have purchased unpasteurized raw goat milk at Side Hill Acres – that it can cause a health risk as it is potentially contaminated with listeria.

Future samplings tested by inspectors must be free of harmful bacteria before Side Hill Acres will be allowed to produce and sell the raw goat milk again. Even after the raw goat milk is cleared for consumption, however, consumers should understand that raw milk does not provide the protection of pasteurization.

Pasteurization is a process that heats milk to a specific temperature for a set period of time. Pasteurization kills the bacteria responsible for numerous illnesses and diseases such as listeriosis, salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria and brucellosis. Pasteurization of milk is recognized internationally as an effective means of preventing outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, including listeriosis.

Listeria monocytogenes causes listeriosis, which can be a serious and sometimes fatal infection in young children, cancer patients, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Otherwise healthy persons may suffer short-term, flu-like symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

To speak to a Listeria Lawyer or to discuss Listeriosis with a national food poisoning lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.

People with Compromised Immune More Susceptible to Food Poisoning: Don’t Let YOUR Immune System Ruin Your Summer:

“According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths in the country can be traced to foodborne pathogens”

Food poisoning is not a fun illness. The symptoms can consist of one or more of the following: nausea, vomiting, watery or bloody diarrhea, cramps, and a fever. Other, severe and longer term side effects are also often reported. Food poisoning, otherwise known as foodborne illness, is “caused by consuming contaminated food.” The most frequent causes of food poisoning are bacteria, viruses, parasites, or their toxins – a small subset of food poisoning cases are also due to chemicals or foreign objects in the food.

“Infectious organisms or their toxins can contaminate food at any point of processing or production.”

The food contamination can transpire at home if the food is poorly cooked or mistakenly managed. And while this may be risky for all members of the family, people with weakened immune systems are much more susceptible to food poisoning or other illnesses. “People with weakened immune systems due to diabetes, liver, or kidney disease, alcoholism, and HIV/AIDS; or receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy cannot fight germs and sickness as effectively.”

Your immune system is a vital part of your body that protects and fights infection from your body. Your immune system also recognizes all of the cells in your body, so if anything unfamiliar enters you’re your body, such as unknown germs or parasites, your immune system fights to get rid of it. Unfortunately, the immune system has its own flaws. In some people’s bodies, the immune system attacks its own body’s cells, not realizing it is attacking itself. This is what causes autoimmune diseases.  In others, the immune system is being “repressed”, such as in pregnant women, to prevent the body from rejecting the fetus.

If food poisoning infects someone with a weakened immune system, the symptoms can be more severe and they can develop more serious, life-long conditions such as post-infectious IBS, Listeria-induced dementia, reactive arthritis, or hemolytic uremic syndrome.

In fact, every year more than 200,000 Americans develop long-term ailments from a bout of food poisoning, says Elaine Scallan and her CDC colleagues who have investigated long-term illness after food poisoning. Dr. Scallan used, as an example on patient who she suspected would be unable to be self-sufficient after a bout of food poisoning .  She developed Guillan-Barre Syndrome that struck after she drank raw milk contaminated with Campylobater.

While every family needs to take the necessary precautions when it comes to preventing food poisoning, families with those who have weakened immune system need to pay special attention to food safety.

To ask additional questions about victims with  Compromised Immune More Susceptible to Food Poisoning or to speak to a food poisoning lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.

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Hepatitis A Lawyer: Indiana restaurant employee diagnosed with hepatitis A

A McDonald’s employee in Sullivan County, Indiana, has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. The food handler works for a McDonald’s restaurant located on SR 154 near Sullivan. The Sullivan County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health are evaluating the situation and putting measures in place to prevent further risk of infection among restaurant patrons and employees.

A hepatitis A outbreak is spreading among several states, including Indiana. Anyone who ate at the McDonald’s on SR 154 near Sullivan, Indiana, within the past month should be aware of hepatitis A symptoms, which can include fatigue, loss of appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice. Symptoms of hepatitis A can appear 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A is a self-limited disease that does not result in chronic infection. Infected food handlers can spread hepatitis A by not washing their hands properly after using the restroom.

The best way to prevent a spread of hepatitis A in a food establishment is by having employees follow proper food safety and hygiene protocol and through vaccinations. Sullivan area McDonald’s customers who may have been exposed to hepatitis A should contact a healthcare provider immediately. The restaurant is open for business again and the owner has stated that precautions are being taken to protect employees and customers.

For more information about the McDonald’s Employee in Sullivan County, Indiana, diagnosed with Hepatitis A or to speak to a Hepatitis A Lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.

E. coli Lawyer Update: Flour recall expanded as 17 Victims Identified in 8 States

The flour recall that was originally announced on May 24 has been expanded out of a concern for consumers who may become ill from the potentially contaminated product. ADM Milling Co. previously recalled a specific lot of Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour because it may have been contaminated with e. coli. The recall has now been expanded to include all five-pound bags of the flour.

Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour is packaged for Aldi supermarkets. ADM produced the flour at its mill in Buffalo, New York, and distributed it to Aldi stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.

The presence of e. coli in a five-pound bag of Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour was discovered by the Rhode Island Department of Health. At least 17 illnesses linked to the contaminated flour have since been reported in 8 states: California (1), Connecticut (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), New York (5), Ohio (5), Pennsylvania (2), and Rhode Island (1).

Potentially contaminated flour has been recalled from all Aldi store shelves in the distribution region. ADM Milling is working with investigators from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local health officials to determine the specific source of the e. coli contamination.

Consumers are advised to not eat or use flour from five-pound bags of Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour purchased from Aldi. Potentially contaminated flour should be disposed of properly or returned to the store where it was purchased.

For more information about the E.coli Flour Outbreak, or to speak to an E. coli Lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901

Update By Salmonella Lawsuit Lawyer: Second Melon Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Caito Foods LLC

Melons that may be contaminated with Salmonella Carrau were recalled by Caito Foods LLC on April 12, 2019. Melons supplied by Caito Foods LLC are sold to retail locations across the eastern United States. Caito Foods LLC is a supplier based in Indianapolis, Indiana with fresh produce distribution centers in both Indianapolis and Lakeland, Florida. 137 cases were reported in Alabama, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

38 individuals were hospitalized by this contamination and there were no instances of fatality.

The list of fresh-cut fruits recalled by the supplier include cantaloupe, watermelon, honey dew melon, and any mixed fruit products with one or more of the above from the Caito Foods distribution centers. Caito Foods, LLC has temporarily postponed the production and distribution of these recalled goods and businesses carrying these products were instructed to remove them from stores on April 11, 2019.

The FDA advises consumers of these recalled items to call their local health department in the case that symptoms should appear and follow steps to prevent food-borne illnesses in the future. These steps include washing and sanitizing any utensils or tools that may have had contact with recalled products, washing and sanitizing kitchen surfaces, and washing hands with soap and warm water.

The FDA mentions a similar occurrence in 2018 that resulted in 36 hospitalizations from contaminated pre-cut melons recalled by the same supplier: Caito Foods, LLC.

There seems to be a link to these two incidents considering the shared supplier in both situations as well as the same recalled items. Should the incident have been the first, the situation may have carried less weight, but the seriousness of this second-time contamination deserves greater attention not only to the food in question but the supplier as well.

The end of the outbreak was officially announced on May 24, 2019.

For more information about this Melon Salmonella Outbreak or to speak to a Salmonella Lawsuit Lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.

https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/carrau-04-19/index.html

https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-salmonella-carrau-linked-pre-cut-melons

http://www.caitofoods.com/products/fresh-foods/facility

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Flour E. Coli Lawsuit Lawyer Update: Aldi announces flour recall

Flour that is potentially contaminated with e. coli is being recalled by Aldi stores in 11 states. Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour is sold at retail locations throughout the northeastern US. The flour was sourced from ADM Milling Co., at their production facility in Buffalo, New York, and distributed to select Aldi stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Potentially contaminated Bakers Corner flour has been removed from Aldi store shelves, according to store officials. Consumers who have the product in their homes should not use it but should dispose of it properly or return it to the store of purchase. The Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour affected by this recall is sold in a 5 lb. bag with a best if used by date of Dec. 2, 2019, lot code L18A02B and UPC code 041498130404.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises consumers not to eat raw flour of any type, whether or not it has been recalled. Flour is a raw agricultural product that typically has not been treated to kill bacteria like e. coli. Harmful germs can contaminate grain while still in the field or at other steps during flour production. Bacteria are killed when the flour is cooked or baked in food dishes.

The CDC points out that in 2016, an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made 63 people sick. Flour products have long shelf lives and could be in people’s homes for a long time. Consumers are urged to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with the potentially contaminated Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour.

For more information about this recall, or to talk to a Flour E. Coli Lawsuit Lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901

E. coli Lawsuit Lawyer Update: More raw beef products recalled for e. coli

An additional 62,112 pounds of raw beef products may be contaminated with e. coli, a discovery made after random sample testing conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Two companies had announced recalls of ground beef products in April 2019: K2D Foods, doing business as Colorado Premium Foods in Carrolton, Georgia, and Grant Park Packing, based in Franklin Park, Illinois. Aurora Packing Company is the most recent to announce a recall of potentially contaminated ground beef products.

An e. coli outbreak linked to raw ground beef products has made 196 people sick in 10 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is continuing its investigation into the multistate outbreak and no link has yet been made to the ground beef products distributed by Aurora Packing Company. However, the company, based in North Aurora, Illinois, is now recalling approximately 62,112 pounds of raw ground beef products that were packaged on April 19, 2019.

The FSIS discovered the issue with ground beef packaged by Aurora Packing Company during traceback activities conducted in response to random sample testing. The raw ground beef products were shipped across the US for further distribution and processing. Recalled ground beef packages can be identified by the establishment number “EST. 788” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

E. coliO157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after consuming contaminated food. 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. Anyone who experiences symptoms of e. coli contamination should seek emergency medical care immediately.

E. coli lawsuits often follow the serious injuries caused by E. col. hemolytic uremic syndrome lawsuits usually seek damages that include significant future-medical costs due to their severity.  To speak to a E. coli Lawsuit Lawyer or an experienced Hemolytic uremic syndrome lawsuit lawyer, call 1-888-335-45901.

Shigella Lawsuit  Lawyer Update: Shigella identified as illness caused by raw oysters

At least 5 of the 16 consumers who purchased and ate raw oysters and then became ill in a multi-state outbreak have been diagnosed as suffering from the effects of Shigella flexneri. One person has been hospitalized with severe symptoms after eating the contaminated oysters.

The raw oysters were harvested from Estero El Cardon in Baja California Sur, Mexico, between February 12, 2019, and April 9, 2019. The outbreak has affected people in five states, with the last reported illness onset occurring on April 17, 2019.

Shigella is a bacterium that spreads from contaminated feces. Food can become contaminated when handled by an infected person who did not use proper hand hygiene after going to the bathroom, or if contaminated water is used in the process of growing or preparing the food.

Symptoms of shigellosis generally develop within 8 hours or up to about 2 days. Although shigellosis is often mild and goes away by itself in a week or less, it can become very serious in some cases. Symptoms of shigellosis may include watery stool that may have blood, pus, or mucus in it, as well as vomiting, cramping, and fever.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that oysters harvested in Estero El Cardon were distributed to California, Nevada, New York, and Arizona. It is possible that additional states received these potentially contaminated oysters either directly from Mexico or through further distribution within the US. Illnesses have been reported in California (12), Nevada (1), Alaska (1), Illinois (1), and New Hampshire (1).

The growing area of Estero El Cardon has been closed and oyster harvesting has been halted. Since the shelf life of raw oysters is limited, those from the Estero El Cardon growing area are no longer expected to be available to consumers.

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E. coli and HUS Lawyer Update: Illnesses Related to E. coli Outbreak up to 196

The number of illnesses related to a raw ground beef outbreak strain of e. coli, with potential to cause hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS),  is now at 196, with 28 being hospitalized. Consumers in 10 states have been affected. The outbreak began in Kentucky and Georgia and has spread to neighboring states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that raw ground beef is responsible for the growing number of illnesses related to e. coli contamination but have not yet identified a specific supplier as the source.  There is no final count on the number facing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), or how many will seek to file an HUS lawsuit

Start dates for the e. coli illnesses range from March 1, 2019, to April 19, 2019. Illnesses that may have started after these dates there is not final count on the number facing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) may not yet be identified given the onset period post-acute gastroenteritis and diagnostic requirements.

Those interviewed stated that they had eaten ground beef prior to becoming sick. They bought or ate the ground beef at different locations, including grocery stores and restaurants. Many reported that they bought large trays or chubs of ground beef from grocery stores and used the meat to make dishes like spaghetti sauce and sloppy joe.

Two companies have recalled their raw ground beef products after discovering they are potentially contaminated with e. coli. Grant Park Packing in Franklin Park, Illinois, recalled approximately 53,200 pounds of raw ground beef products on April 24, 2019. K2D Foods, doing business as Colorado Premium Foods, in Carrollton, Georgia, recalled approximately 113,424 pounds of raw ground beef products on April 23, 2019. These products were sold to restaurants and institutions.

Kentucky has the highest number of illnesses related to e. coli contamination, with 69. Tennessee has 55 illnesses and Georgia has 49 related to the outbreak. Additional states affected by the e. coli outbreak are Florida (5), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Minnesota (1), Mississippi (1), Ohio (12), and Virginia (2).

For more information about the raw ground beef outbreak strain of e. coli, a hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) lawsuit or to speak to a hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.

Tahini Salmonella Lawsuit: Tahini Salmonella Lawyer Update Recall of Contaminated Tahini 

Tahini that may be contaminated with salmonella was originally recalled on May 14 by Brodt Zenatti Holdings LLC. Just three days later, the company has expanded it recall to include all tahini products imported before December 2018 and through April 2019, when they ceased shipping the potentially contaminated tahini products. Four people have become ill after eating the tahini, with one being hospitalized.

Retail and bulk packages of Karawan brand tahini, sold in 16-ounce jars and 39-pound buckets, were included in the original recall. On May 17, Brodt Zenatti Holdings LLC, based in Jupiter, Florida, expanded that recall to include all tahini products. Tahini that may be contaminated with salmonella may also be sold under the brand names El-Karawan and Halva. In addition, other companies may have imported Karawan Tahini and Halva brand tahini.

Consumers are being warned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to not consume any tahini labeled as either Karawan Tahini or El-Karawan Tahini. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene performed tests on samples of Karawan brand tahini and two of those samples returned positive results for the presence of salmonella.

Potentially contaminated tahini was distributed to retailers, restaurants, and directly to consumers through online sales and at retail locations. The sample that tested positive for salmonella did not have lot codes or identifying information about the shipment date. Tahini has a shelf life of two years and may still be in consumers’ homes even after the recall.

Tahini is made from sesame seeds and is often used in other food products, particularly in restaurants. It can be served on its own or used as an ingredient in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern style dishes, such as hummus, falafel, and baba ganoush.

The FDA and state health officials are continuing their investigation into the salmonella contamination of imported tahini, in an attempt to identify the specific source.

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

 

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