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Salmonella in Jensen Tuna:  Import alert announced for recalled ground tuna as salmonella outbreak identified – linked to JK Fish of Vietnam

Frozen ground tuna linked to salmonella illnesses was recalled on April 15 based on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigations that found some of the tuna was contaminated with salmonella. On May 9, the source of the contaminated ground tuna, JK Fish of Vietnam, was added to the FDA’s Import Alert, which allows the agency to detain the product without physical sampling and analysis.

Jensen Tuna, based in Louisiana, distributed the tuna to Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, and Washington. Health officials advise that the potentially contaminated frozen ground tuna product could have been redistributed further to additional states across the country. Jensen Tuna sources the frozen ground tuna from JK Fish of Vietnam.

The recalled ground tuna was primarily used in food dishes prepared and sold by restaurants and retailers and was probably not sold directly to consumers. Distribution was through individually packaged in one-pound bags and sold in 20-pound boxes under lot numbers z266, z271, and z272.

Salmonella in Jensen Tuna: Tuna contaminated with salmonella caused illnesses in 13 people in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, and Washington, with 2 hospitalizations. The last illness onset was reported on March 20, 2019.

The FDA, CDC, and local health investigators advise that restaurants and retailers check with their suppliers and not sell or serve the recalled ground tuna from Jensen Tuna, sourced through JK Fish of Vietnam. Consumers with concerns should ask their restaurants and retailers whether the tuna dish they are purchasing contains the recalled ground tuna.

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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.

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.”
For more information about salmonella, filing a salmonella lawsuit, or to speak to an egg salmonella lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.

CDC officially  declares chicken-related salmonella outbreak to be over – Salmonella Lawyer warns these outbreaks are “rarely over”
The salmonella outbreak that caused 129 illnesses in 32 states, including 25 hospitalizations and 1 death, is over,.  At least according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The specific source of the salmonella contamination was not specifically identified, though health officials did trace it to chicken.  According the Salmonella lawyer Tony Coveny, however, the official declaration may be misleading.  As a Salmonella lawyer, Coveny notes from experience:
“The problem in the U.S. is that chicken manufacturers/growers operate is such a manner that the entire population of chicken is potentially contaminated.  This outbreak may have ended in the sense that there have been no confirmed cases in recent weeks, but the likelihood that contaminated chicken is still in the refrigerators and freezers of consumers is high.”
Despite how often these outbreaks occur, the industry still resists changes that would reduce the amount and frequency in which chicken sold in the US contains salmonella.
Salmonella is Potentially Deadly Bacteria:  One Death in this Outbreak Identified
The death was reported in the state of New York, which was one of the hardest hit states during the outbreak. There were 18 illnesses reported in New York. Others with double-digit illness reports included Pennsylvania with 13 and Massachusetts with 17. Illnesses related to contaminated chicken products started on January 8, 2018, and continued through January 27, 2019.
Illnesses could continue, even after the outbreak has been officially declared to be over, because this salmonella strain appears to be widespread in the chicken industry. People can get a salmonella infection from eating undercooked chicken or touching raw chicken, including packaged raw pet food. In fact, one person reported becoming sick after pets in the home ate raw ground chicken pet products.Salmonella lawyer
Multiple sources appear to be responsible for the salmonella outbreak. CDC indicates that many types of raw chicken products from a variety of sources are contaminated with salmonella and are making people sick. The outbreak strain was identified in samples taken from raw chicken products, raw chicken pet food, and live chickens. In addition, the outbreak strain of salmonella responsible for these illnesses is resistant to multiple antibiotics.
CDC and The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) are actively engaging with representatives from the chicken industry to explore ways to reduce salmonella in chicken products. Because investigation results suggest this strain of salmonella is present in both live chickens and in raw chicken products, further investigation and interventions to reduce the prevalence of this strain will target both the live chicken industry and chicken processing facilities.
For more information about salmonella in chicken, to file a salmonella lawsuit, or to speak to a salmonella lawyer, call 1-888-3335-4901.

Turkey Salmonella Lawyers Update: Raw turkey contamination continues to sicken consumers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update on February 15, 2019, listing additional illnesses attributed to raw turkey consumption throughout the US. Since the CDC’s last update in December 2018, an additional 63 people have been sickened by contaminated turkey products. The count of illnesses related to salmonella in raw turkey is now at 279, with 107 hospitalizations and 1 death.
The salmonella strain found in the raw turkey has been found to be multidrug-resistant. In addition to the CDC, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) is also monitoring the outbreak that began in November 2017. States hardest hit by the outbreak include California, where the death occurred, as well as Minnesota, Illinois, New York, and Texas.
Turkey Salmonella Lawyers: Who Pervasive is the Outbreak?
To date, illnesses have been reported in: Alabama (4), Alaska (2), Arizona (4), Arkansas (1), California (26), Colorado (6), Connecticut (4), Delaware (1), District of Columbia (4), Florida (12), Georgia (2), Hawaii (2), Idaho (4), Iowa (4), Illinois (23), Indiana (7), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Maryland (7), Massachusetts (7), Michigan (9), Minnesota (20), Missouri (4), Nebraska (1), Nevada (1), New Jersey (11), New Mexico (2), New York (20), North Carolina (9), North Dakota (2), Ohio (8), Oklahoma (6), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (13), South Carolina (1), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (2), Texas (22), Utah (1), Virginia (11), Washington (2), and Wisconsin (7).
Recalls of raw turkey products potentially contaminated with salmonella include both human food and pet food. In January 2019, Woody’s Pet Food Deli in Minnesota recalled its raw turkey pet food labeled “Woody’s Pet Food Deli Raw Free Range Turkey” and sold in Minnesota. In December 2018, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, in Faribault, Minnesota recalled approximately 164,210 pounds of raw ground turkey products. The recalled ground turkey was sold in 1-pound, 2.5-pound and 3-pound packages labeled with establishment number “P-579”.
Note from the Turkey Salmonella Lawyers:

“A big concern in the Turkey Salmonella Outbreak is that freezing does not kill Salmonella.  Many people buy turkey and put it in the freezer.  Even if it is in the freezer for months, after thawing, the salmonella is a deadly as it ever was.  It will begin to spread quickly once the meat reaches temperatures from 40 degrees to the kill-range of 165 degrees.  Cross contamination while preparing the frozen turkey is often the culprit.”

Jennie-O also recalled turkey products just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday last year. On November 15, 2018, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, in Barron, Wisconsin recalled approximately 147,276 pounds of raw ground turkey products. The recalled ground turkey was sold in one-pound packages labeled with establishment number “P-190”. Earlier in the year, in February 2018, Raws for Paws of Minneapolis, MN recalled approximately 4,000 pounds of its 5 pounds and 1 pound chubs of Ground Turkey Pet Food.
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Several Kitty’s employees returned after being prohibited from working
Health department officials allowed Kitty’s Restaurant in North Reading, Massachusetts, to reopen after 39 customers became ill with salmonella contamination. The restaurant was ordered to undergo a thorough cleaning and to prohibit certain employees from returning to work. However, an inspection several days after the restaurant reopened found numerous food safety concerns, including the fact that employees who had been prohibited from working were on-site and preparing food for customers.
The North Reading Health Department received additional complaints after allowing Kitty’s to reopen. They conducted an inspection of the facility and found food safety and sanitation concerns related to unsanitary conditions, cross contamination, and time and temperature abuse. They also found employees working who had not been cleared to return to the restaurant by either the Massachusetts Department of Public Health or the North Reading Health Department.
The health department feared a second outbreak of salmonella contamination because the restaurant failed to comply with its original orders. Kitty’s is now closed until further notice. Health officials are continuing their investigation.
Salmonella was traced to antipasto salad and house dressing. Health officials are warning consumers who took home leftover antipasto salad or house dressing, who purchased takeout antipasto salad or house dressing, or who purchased packaged house salad dressing from Kitty’s Restaurant since June 1 to not eat them. These items should be taken to the North Reading Health Department so they can be tested for contamination.
There have been 9 confirmed cases of salmonella directly related to the food at Kitty’s and an additional 30 cases of suspected salmonella. If you ate at Kitty’s and are experiencing symptoms of salmonella, including diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, contact the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901 to learn more about your legal options.
 

Another kratom product recalled for salmonella
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed salmonella contamination in a kratom product made by Blissful Remedies. The company has subsequently recalled that product. This most recall follows a string of kratom products being recalled this year because of similar salmonella contamination issues.
Blissful Remedies has recalled its kratom powder product known as Nevada, packaged in white foil pouches with Lot No.: 112710 and an expiration of 03/2019. These products were manufactured, processed, packed, and/or held, between March 1, 2018, and April 30, 2018, to the consumer level. The products were distributed to retail stores in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia.
Salmonella contamination can cause serious illness. Symptoms include 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. There have not yet been any reports of illnesses related to the consumption of the recalled kratom powder products.
The FDA has issued a warning against using kratom products because they are not regulated and have frequently been found to be contaminated with salmonella. Just recently, the organization issued its first mandatory recall of kratom products because of the serious potential for illness when consuming the product.
For more information about the Kratom Salmonella Outbreak and salmonella contamination, please contact the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901.

73 people in 31 states ill from Kellogg’s Honey Smacks
Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal is a likely source of an outbreak of salmonella that has impacted consumers in 31 states across the country. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating the outbreak and Kellogg’s has recalled the packages of cereal believed to be responsible for the salmonella outbreak.
There have been 24 hospitalizations among those who have become ill. To date, 73 people have reported illnesses related to salmonella in 31 states: Alabama (2), Arizona (1), California (5), Connecticut (3), Georgia (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (3), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (2), Massachusetts (5), Maryland (1), Michigan (4), Mississippi (1), Montana (1), North Carolina (3), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (3), New York (7), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (5), Rhode Island (2), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (2), Utah (1), Virginia (4), Washington (3), Wisconsin (1), and West Virginia (3).
The FDA is inspecting the facility that manufactures Kellogg’s Honey Smacks and is working with the company to collect additional information. The recalled cereal includes the 15.3 ounce and 23 ounce packages, with best buy dates between June 14, 2018, and June 14, 2018.
Children are the most likely to get salmonellosis from consuming food products contaminated with salmonella. The rate of diagnosed infections in children less than five years old is higher than the rate in all other people. Children younger than five, the elderly, and those people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe infections.
If you have purchased or consumed Kellogg’s Honey Smacks contaminated with salmonella, please contact the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901 to learn more about your legal options.

Kellogg’s Brand Honey Smacks Cereal is a popular seller in the United States and much of the Western hemisphere.  Now it is being recalled due to numerous illnesses across much of the United States – at least 31 states have reported illnesses of Salmonella Mbandaka – these include New York, which was hit the hardest with 7  identified victims, California, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania with 5 each, Virginia and Michigan with 4 each, Connecticut, Indiana, New Jersey, Washington, West Virginia and North Carolina with 3 each, and Alabama, Arizona Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin with either one or two.
The investigation began slowly, with first case was identified on March 3rd and a second on March 7th.    Two more were identified on the 14th and 15th  of March.  But on the 27th of March, the reports began to come in nearly daily, with multiple reports on many days in April and May. The last confirmed case became ill on May 28th, but this does not mean there will be no additional cases – it simply means there is a lag-time for reporting illness and confirming the case as an epidemiological match to the PFGE of the outbreak strain – a sort of DNA thumbprint of a particular pathogen that allows investigators to link cases separated by hundreds of miles to a single product.
For more information about the Kellogg Salmonella Outbreak, to speak to a Kellogg Salmonella Lawyer, or to have a free consultation about your potential Kellogg Salmonella lawsuit, call 1-888-335-4901.

Kellogg Salmonella Lawyer – Do you have a Kellogg Salmonella Lawsuit? Honey Bunch Cereal Recalled Due to Salmonella
Its too early to tell, but the investigation into an outbreak of salmonella seems to have prompted a salmonella recall of Kellogg’s Honey Smack cereals.  While there are unconfirmed reports of illnesses and  hospitalizations, at present this is merely a recall limited to Honey Smack cereals.  Ron Simon, an experience Kellogg Salmonella lawyer, has represented thousands of salmonella victims – “this is the first step, traditionally, in combating a salmonella outbreak.  First there is a recall, then the  information surfaces about the victims.”  Simon says he is prepared to interview, and help, those people who have acquired salmonella to prepare and file a salmonella lawsuit for their injuries, whether linked to this outbreak or another.   Call 1-888-335-4901 to speak to an experienced Kellogg Salmonella lawyer about a Kellogg salmonella lawsuit or a Honey Bunch Salmonella lawsuit.
Call the offices of Kellogg Salmonella Lawyer Ron Simon for more information.  1-888-335-4901.

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