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Contaminated Food

Eggs and Romaine Lettuce Recalled for Contamination

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Over 200 million eggs have been recalled by Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup. As of April 13, over 22 illnesses linked to the recall have been reported to the FDA.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported several instances of E. coli in romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona region. The warning previously only referred to chopped romaine lettuce, but it now extends to heads of romaine lettuce, hearts, and salad mixes. As of May 9, 149 people had reported E. Coli symptoms related to the outbreak and, of that group, 64 people had been hospitalized.

Salmonella Symptoms

Salmonella Braenderup can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections and is especially dangerous to individuals with weak immune systems, namely young children, the elderly, and individuals already sick. Symptoms of Salmonella Braenderup include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, and diarrhea. In some cases, the organism can infiltrate the bloodstream and cause severe illnesses such as arterial infections (infected aneurysms), endocarditis (inflammation of the heart valve), and arthritis (joint inflammation).

E. Coli Symptoms

Symptoms of E. coli are similar to those of salmonella, including nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, fever, and diarrhea. In severe cases, the organism can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and even kidney failure.

The Effects of Food Poisoning

Unfortunately, tainted food can have serious short and long-term effects on an individual. Some individuals may experience severe long-term effects such as kidney failure, chronic arthritis, brain and nerve damage, and even death. In addition, an individual may suffer emotionally and financially as they deal with the burden of hospital bills and time away from work.

GoldenbergLaw Can Help

At GoldenbergLaw, we take food safety very seriously. If the manufacturers and distributors failed to warn about the contamination, they need to be held accountable. GoldenbergLaw is committed to promoting safety through accountability. Contact Senior Partner Stuart Goldenberg for referral opportunities.

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