Many different types of foodborne illnesses can affect people who eat foods contaminated by bacteria, viruses, or other toxins. Salmonella is one of the most common causes of food poisoning, and outbreaks of this disease occur more frequently than many people realize. The dangers of this disease were demonstrated recently in two cases where products contaminated with salmonella caused people in multiple states to suffer illnesses and hospitalizations.
Foods Contaminated With Salmonella
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has investigated two separate salmonella outbreaks in recent months. The first was related to ground turkey produced and sold by Plainville Brands, LLC, a company located in Pennsylvania. Products with the brand names of Nature’s Promise, Wegman, and Plainville Farms were found to be contaminated. The specific products that were affected were produced in December of 2020 and distributed with expiration dates between January 1 and January 10, 2021. Consumers who purchased products during those dates may have frozen them for later use. Freezing does not kill salmonella, so consumers are still at risk of infection when thawing and eating or handling these products.
The other salmonella outbreak was related to dairy products manufactured by Jule’s Foods, a company in California. Products that were recalled due to contamination include cashew brie cheese, spinach artichoke dip, and vegan ranch dressing. Investigators found salmonella in these products on April 22, 2021, and products with all expiration dates have been recalled.
The CDC is recommending that anyone who has these products should throw them away or return them to the store where they were purchased. In addition, people should wash their hands after handling these products and clean all surfaces or other items that may have come in contact with the contaminated products. Symptoms of salmonella infection include fever above 102 degrees Fahrenheit, diarrhea, extensive vomiting, and dehydration. Those who are experiencing these symptoms should receive immediate medical care, and they will also want to speak with an attorney to determine their options for pursuing compensation from the manufacturer of contaminated food products.
Contact Our Illinois Salmonella Injury Lawyers
If you have contracted salmonella after eating or handling contaminated food products, Newland & Newland, LLP can help you take legal action to recover financial compensation. We will help you hold a negligent food product manufacturer, distributor, or retailer responsible for your damages, which may include the costs of your medical treatment, the income you have lost while recovering from your illness, and the pain and suffering you have experienced. Contact our Illinois food poisoning attorneys at 312-981-0409 to arrange a complimentary consultation and get the legal help you need.