132,000 Pounds of Beef Recalled for E. Coli Contamination

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 132,000 pounds of Cargill Meat Solutions’ ground beef because of likely E. coli contamination.

In July, one individual died from an E. coli outbreak, and 17 others became ill. This is what prompted FSIS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recall the ground beef.

FSIS is concerned that the ground beef is in several consumers’ freezers around the country. It encourages consumers to throw away any ground beef that is included in the recall.

Symptoms of E. coli contamination include diarrhea and vomiting. In severe cases, E. coli can lead to kidney failure.

A list of the recalled beef can be found here. If you or a loved one consumed E. coli contaminated food, contact GoldenbergLaw for a free case evaluation. We have over 30 years of experience handling food contamination suits and have successfully recovered for our clients.

 

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True Story: Food Contamination

When consumers purchase food for themselves and their families, they trust that the companies manufacturing and selling that food have done everything within their power to provide a product safe for consumption.  When that trust is betrayed, the results can be catastrophic.

“Christine” was a healthy woman enjoying life until she suffered from a terrible case of food poisoning.  She often purchased fish from a local business in order to make nutritious meals for herself and her family.  Sadly, one lot of fish she purchased turned out to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  That contamination caused her to become extremely ill, spending more than a week in the hospital and suffering severe, life-threatening symptoms.  Christine was eventually released from the hospital but continues to suffer significantly due to the lasting fear that anything she eats could cause her to suffer so terribly again as well as the need for ongoing medication to help minimize her residual gastrointestinal symptoms.

Christine and her husband, “Peter,” hired GoldenbergLaw to represent them in their efforts to hold the manufacturer and seller of the contaminated fish accountable.  After hiring a renowned epidemiologist and conducting multiple depositions of corporate representatives utilizing internal documents obtained from both the manufacturer and the seller of the contaminated fish, GoldenbergLaw was able to hold the companies that betrayed Christine’s trust accountable and obtain a substantial settlement for Christine and Peter.

Christine suffered tremendously from the companies’ breach of her trust in providing her food that was not fit to eat, but their experience with GoldenbergLaw allowed Christine and Peter to put the terrible food poisoning incident behind them and move on with their lives.  They expressed sincere appreciation for the supportive and sympathetic manner in which they were treated by GoldenbergLaw’s attorneys and staff, as that approach made them feel that they had true advocates in their corner who invested themselves in their case and approached every interaction with not only dedication but also compassion.

If you or a loved one has consumed contaminated food and suffered the terrible symptoms of food poisoning, please contact us.  We’ll advocate on your behalf, and you can leave the sleepless nights to us.

 

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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.