Apple Juice Contaminated With E. coli Bacteria

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Apple Juice ContaminationApple Juice from High Hill Ranch in Apple Hill, Camino, California has tested positive for E. coli bacteria, The Daily Meal reports.

According to health department officials, one person was hospitalized after drinking the tainted apple juice, but is expected to recover.

One sample of apple juice from High Hill Ranch has tested positive for E. coli. Results for two other samples are pending.

In mid- to late-October, seven people became ill with E. coli poisoning after consuming unpasteurized apple juice from the ranch. All of the juice was consumed either at home or at High Hill Ranch.

Coli Wreaking Havoc

In the last few weeks, there have been a number of food items recalled for E. coli contamination.

Last week, a Nebraska-based meat company, All American Meats, recalled 167,427 pounds of ground beef that was distributed nationwide because of possible E. coli contamination.

In the last two weeks at least 60 people who consumed apple cider during a fall harvest festival in Illinois were struck with the illness. An E. coli outbreak also forced Chipotle to close 43 locations in Washington and Oregon states.

Statistics and Symptoms

E. coli causes an estimated 96,000 illnesses, 3,200 hospitalizations and 31 deaths each in the United States, and caused $405 million in annual healthcare expenses.

Between 2003 and 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracked about 391 E. coli outbreaks. Between those outbreaks, the agency confirmed 4,930 cases of the illness with 1,274 hospitalizations and 34 deaths.

Among those victims who were hospitalized, 300 suffered from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication from E. coli infections that could result in kidney damage. Some of the common symptoms of an E. coli infection include severe abdominal cramping, bloody diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and fever.

If You Have Suffered Food Poisoning

If you have suffered an illness due to contaminated food, there are several steps you would be well advised to take right away. Get immediate medical attention.

If you have any of the food or drink you consumed, have it tested in a laboratory for pathogens. File a complaint with your local health agency, which routinely tracks these types of outbreaks.

Contact an experienced California personal injury attorney who will help protect your rights and secure compensation for your injuries and losses.

Whole Foods Recalls Cheese Contaminated With Listeria

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Whole Foods RecallWhole Foods Market is recalling cheese nationwide after concerns over food poisoning.

According to a Tech Times report, the cheese was found to contain listeria bacteria during routine sampling conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The cheese came from The Papillon Organix Roquefort and can be identified by its clear plastic wrapping and its scale label, which begins with PLU029536.

Whole Foods has placed warning signs on its shelves and has removed the suspect cheese from its stories. So far, no illnesses have been reported. This is not the first listeria advisory in recent times.

Just last month, a California dairy had to recall many of its soft cheese products over listeria concerns. This past summer, there were several listeria outbreaks concerning pet food, green beans and ice cream.

The Dangers of Listeria

The organism, known as Listeria monocytogenes, can even be life threatening. Children, the elderly, those with weakened immune systems and pregnant women are most at risk.

Pregnant women suffering from listeriosis may experience symptoms that may include aches, fever and fatigue. But, they may suffer a range of complications from premature births to miscarriages and stillbirth. Other symptoms of listeria infection include convulsions, fever, neck stiffness, body aches and loss of coordination.

Preventing Listeria Infection

It is best to avoid any cheese product suspected of contamination. Unpasteurized cheeses, in particular, are susceptible to harboring the bacteria. Wash raw produce thoroughly by rinsing and scrubbing. Even peeled products should be rinsed and scrubbed. The produce should then be dried and kept separate from uncooked meats and poultry to avoid cross contamination.

Listeria can multiply in refrigerators. So, it is best that you keep your fridge at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below and their freezer at zero and under. It is also important to clean up spills inside refrigerators right away to avoid these bacteria from colonizing and contaminating other foods.

If You Have Been Sickened

If you have suffered from food poisoning, you may be able to seek compensation for the responsible parties such as a food manufacturer, producer, distributor, retailer or eatery that served the contaminated food.

Food poisoning victims would be well advised to contact an experienced California personal injury attorney who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.

Bicycles Recalled For Potential Crash Risk

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A potential crash hazard has prompted a safety recall of more than 1.5 million bicycles with front disc brakes and quick release levers.

According to an NBC news report, the recall involves 13 manufacturers and distributors and covers more than a dozen brands including Diamondback, Cannondale and Jamis.

Reports state that an open quick release lever on the bike’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake rotor, causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bike causing the rider to crash.

So far, three incidents have been reported including one with injuries. Bicycle stores nationwide sold the bikes from 1998 through this year.

Bike owners can get a free installation of a new quick release. About 1.3 million of the recalled bikes were sold in the United States.

For more information about the brands covered in the recall and to view a video showing how to determine if your bike is included, visit quickreleaserecall.com.

Recalled Products

Manufacturers recall products when they get complaints about defective products. These defects can be manufacturing or design defects.

If you own one of these recalled bicycles, it is important that you stop riding right away and contact the manufacturer for a replacement part.

It is important not to ignore recalls. Riding a bicycle with a defective part can be extremely dangerous.

Injuries Caused by Bicycle Accidents

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, seek medical attention for your injuries right away. This not only helps put you on the road to recovery, but helps document your case.

Make sure you preserve the bicycle unaltered. It can be an extremely important piece of evidence. An expert can inspect your bicycle to look specifically for defects, malfunctions and design flaws.

Contact an experienced product defect lawyer who can help preserve key evidence in your case and get the claims process started. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injury, disability, and pain and suffering.

The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

Salmonella Outbreak At West Hollywood Restaurant To The Stars

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Fig & Olive, an upscale restaurant frequented by stars and celebrities has been linked to salmonella outbreaks at two of its locations in West Hollywood and Washington, D.C.

According to a CBS Los Angeles website, as many as 160 people may have been sickened after eating at the restaurant.

At least a dozen people, including restaurant employees, in West Hollywood suffered food poisoning.

Nine of these cases have been confirmed by the Los Angeles County Health Department.

Fig & Olive in CityCenterDC closed for six days after reports of guests who became sick. The restaurant reopened last week after the Department of Health gave it the clearance.

Two items were removed from the menu at the restaurant – truffle fries and mushroom croquettes. But, it is unclear if these were the items that were related to the salmonella outbreak.

The Danger of Salmonella

Salmonella is a type of bacteria that has the potential to cause serious or even fatal infections in young children, elderly people or those with weakened immune systems. The most common symptoms of salmonella include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

These symptoms typically surface within one to three days of exposure and may last about a week. The risk of infection is particularly high for young children, the elderly and those with compromised or weakened immune systems.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010, public health departments nationwide documented 1,527 food poisoning outbreaks resulting in 23 deaths, 1,184 hospitalizations and 29,444 illnesses.

Salmonella accounted for 30 percent of these outbreaks and 49 percent of food-borne illness related hospitalizations.

Liability Issues

Eating out has become a way of life for most of us. The frightening fact is food poisoning can occur anywhere, even in your own kitchen, which you may consider a safe zone. However, when you eat out, you have no control over the environment in which your food is stored, prepared and served.

Restaurants have a responsibility to maintain a clean kitchen and pantry and train all their staff members with regard to hygiene and safe food preparation.

If you have suffered food poisoning, you may be entitled to damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization costs, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

Please contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will fight for your rights and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable.

Listeriosis Outbreak From Contaminated Soft Cheeses

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A multi-state outbreak of listeriosis, including 14 cases in California, has been linked to Middle Eastern-style soft cheeses that were sold in markets nationwide.

According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, so far, one death in Ohio and 21 hospitalizations have been reported in connection with 24 food poisoning cases.

Five rare but genetically similar DNA fingerprints of Listeria monocytogenes have been identified in this investigation. Officials are investigating additional cases at this point.

The cluster of cases was first identified last month. The investigation has not conclusively identified the source of the outbreak. But, most of the victims reported eating soft cheese before becoming ill.

Four of seven who specified the brand of cheese eaten reported brands distributed by California-based Karoun Dairies.

The company, headquartered in San Fernando, voluntarily recalled and stopped production of several brands and types of cheeses that were distributed to retail stores and supermarkets.

Dangers of Listeria

Listeria can cause serious, life-threatening illness, especially in the elderly and pregnant women. Some of the symptoms of listeria are similar to other types of food poisoning such as stomach cramps, fever, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

In pregnant women, the infection can spread to the fetus and cause stillbirths or miscarriages. The disease mostly affects the very young, the elderly, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.

What to Do if You’ve Suffered Food Poisoning

If you are suffering symptoms of listeriosis or any other type of food poisoning, it is important that you get prompt medical attention. Identify the food that may have caused your condition and isolate it so no one else consumes it. Have it preserved so it can be tested in a laboratory for the presence of pathogens. It is also important that you receive prompt diagnosis, treatment and care.

Report your illness to the local health department. If you have been hospitalized or have become seriously ill, do contact an experienced California food poisoning attorney, who will fight for your rights and help you receive fair compensation for your losses.

Injured victims can seek damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Food producers have a legal obligation to manufacture products in a safe and sanitary manner. Negligent food manufacturers and distributors can be held accountable.

Chipotle Facing Two Food Poisoning Lawsuits

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Chipotle is dealing with two unrelated food poisoning lawsuits from customers who became sick after eating food from the popular Mexican eatery.

According to a news report on Entrepreneur.com, the lawsuits were filed in California and Minnesota respectively.

In Minnesota, April Beck filed the lawsuit following a salmonella outbreak in August.

In California two women have filed a lawsuit against Chipotle after they got sick with norovirus infections.

Salmonella & Norovirus Infections

The salmonella outbreak in Minnesota involved a suspect ingredient that was served in 17 Chipotle locations. At least 45 people have become ill and five, including Beck, have been hospitalized. Minnesota health officials have said that tomatoes were the source of that salmonella outbreak.

In California, the food poisoning was related to norovirus infections, which are often linked to contaminated employees preparing food.

Eighty customers and 17 employees became ill after eating food from a Simi Valley Chipotle location on August 18 and August 19 including the two women who filed the lawsuit.

In that case, health inspectors found dirty and inoperative equipment as well as other sanitary and health violations.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, roughly one in six Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of food-borne diseases.

Symptoms of salmonella infections include diarrhea, severe abdominal cramps nausea and vomiting. Symptoms of norovirus infections include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, malaise, fever and muscle pain.

Holding Restaurants Accountable

Restaurants have a legal obligation to serve food that is safe for customers to consume. A number of restaurants in Southern California are negligent when it comes to ensuring that food is stored at the right temperatures.

Many do not maintain sanitary conditions, which often leads to rodent or other infestations. This is unacceptable.

If you or a loved one has been sickened as a result of contaminated food, please remember that you do have legal rights. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled food poisoning cases.

Recalled Salmonella Tainted Cucumbers Spur Lawsuit

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A Minnesota woman has filed a food poisoning lawsuit against a San Diego-based produce company, which recalled cucumbers believed to be the source of a salmonella outbreak that has killed one person, sickened nearly 300 people and left more than 50 hospitalized across 27 states.

According to an NBC San Diego news report, Kathleen Dvergsten, 71, ate a salad made with the salmonella-tainted cucumbers at a Red Lobster in Minnesota on August 12.

Dvergsten suffered severe symptoms including stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea the lawsuit said adding that she had to be hospitalized two says after dining at the restaurant, with nausea, fever and muscle cramps.

She tested positive for the cucumber-related strain of salmonella, the lawsuit alleged. Dvergsten ended up spending five days in the hospital and six days at a rehab center before she was able to go home, according to court documents.

Cucumber Recall

The cucumbers named in the lawsuit were imported from Mexico and distributed by San Diego-based Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. The company announced the recall on September 4 covering cucumbers grown in northern Mexico and sold under the company’s “Limited Edition” label from Aug. 1 to Thursday.

Consumers were advised to return the cucumbers or to dispose of them. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the cucumbers were most likely the cause of an outbreak of salmonella poona that began July 3 and has now reached 27 states including California

Arizona had the most number of salmonella infections with 66 cases reported in six counties.

Those who are infected with salmonella usually experience diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps between 12 and 72 hours after eating the food containing the bacteria. Although some recover without treatment, the more severely ill may have to be hospitalized or may require treatment with antibiotics.

Liability Issues

If you have contracted a salmonella infection as a result of consuming food at a restaurant, the restaurant and/or the food suppliers and manufacturers can be held liable for the damages.

Victims of food poisoning can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of diagnostic tests, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced California food poisoning attorney who will fight for their rights and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.

Jury Awards $9.1 Million In Defective Hip Implant Lawsuit

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A Los Angeles jury has awarded $9.1 million to a man who received a Durom Cup hip implant made by Zimmer.

According to a report in Lawyers and Settlements, the product defect lawsuit alleged that Zimmer was aware of the design defect in its hip implant, which is reported to cause bone and tissue damage in patients who receive them leading to pain and replacement surgeries.

Lawsuit Alleged Defective Design

The Zimmer Durom Cup was implanted in about 13,000 patients before it was removed b the U.S. market in 2008. In 2007, the plaintiff in this case, Gary Kline, received the defective product. He had to get it removed just 15 months later.

According to the lawsuit he filed against the medical device manufacturer, Kline endured two traumatic surgeries in 15 months that cause scar tissue and muscle damage.

The jury found Zimmer negligent in the design of the Durom Cup and that the company failed to warn consumers about the product’s defects.

The verdict included $153,000 in medical bills and $9 million in past and future noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering and mental anguish.

Although the judge in this case had denied a request for punitive damages, the jury awarded Kline about $3 million more than what he had asked.

Serious Problems for Consumers

Statistics show that the failure rate for Zimmer Durom Cup metal-on-metal hip implants was a whopping 11 percent. This means that those who received the implants had such severe problems with them that they either had to get them removed or replaced, which means they had to undergo unnecessary surgery.

Patients reported a number of severe symptoms including pain and stiffness, sharp groin pain, noticeable limping, unsteady gait and lack of endurance while walking.

In many patients, the metal-on-metal hips released ions and toxins into the blood stream causing severe health effects such as inflammation, bone loss and even organ damage.

Protecting Your Rights

If you have suffered severe side effects as a result of receiving a Zimmer or other hip implant or medical device, please remember that you have legal right.

Manufacturers have a responsibility and a legal obligation to make products that are safe and healthy for consumers.

These implants are products that are surgically placed inside patients’ bodies. In order to remove and replace them, patients must undergo painful and costly surgeries, not to mention spend time away from work and endure a long recovery.

If you or a loved one has been adversely affected by a defective medical device, please contact an experienced product defect lawyer to better understand your legal rights and options.

Salmonella Cases From Frozen Tuna Multiply In California

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Sushi made with frozen raw tuna has been linked to 62 cases of salmonella in 11 states, about half of those cases in California.

According to a KTLA news report, most of the people who got sick reported eating raw tuna in sushi within the week before their symptoms began.

Eleven people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Osamu Corporation, based in the Los Angeles area, has issued two recalls of tuna processed in its Indonesian plant, which has been linked to the salmonella outbreak.

One of the recalls includes all frozen tuna sold to restaurants and grocery stores nationwide between May 9 and July 9.

Osamu is also recalling one lot of yellow fin tuna chunk meat distributed to AFC Corp. for use in sushi restaurants throughout the United States from May 20 to May 26.

California leads in the number of cases at 34. Arizona has 11, New Mexico, six, and Minnesota, four. The youngest person reported sick is under 1 and the oldest is 83.

Salmonella Symptoms

Salmonella infection is often spread through raw or undercooked meat, poultry, eggs or egg products. The incubation period ranges from several hours or two days.

Most salmonella infections can be classified as gastroenteritis. The signs and symptoms of salmonella include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills, headaches and bloody stools.

The symptoms usually last four to seven days although it may take months for the bowels to return to normal. A few varieties of salmonella bacteria could result in kidney infection or even death, when not treated promptly with antibiotics.

Protecting Your Rights

If you have contracted salmonella infection as a result of consuming food at a restaurant, please remember that you have legal rights. The restaurant or business that supplies food has a legal obligation to serve food that is safe for consumers.

They are required to ensure that the food is not contaminated by storing it at the right temperatures and handling all food in a manner that it is not cross contaminated.

Victims of food poisoning can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of diagnostic tests, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles food poisoning attorney who will fight for their rights and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.

Vons & Pavilions Recall Frozen Chicken Entrees for Salmonella

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Three types of frozen chicken entrees that might be contaminated with salmonella are being recalled by the company that owns Vons and Pavilions supermarkets in Southern California.

According to a Fox 11 news report, the contamination was detected in some batches of Safeway Kitchens brand frozen Broccoli Cheese Chicken, Chicken Cordon Bleu and Chicken Kiev.

The salmonella enteritidis bacteria were detected in the frozen food made for the chains’ house brands by Aspen Foods/Koch Poultry Company.

So far, no illnesses have been reported from these frozen foods, but other food processed at the same factory has caused three cases of food poisoning.

Vons and Pavilions stores will refund the price of these products. Customers who purchased this product can return it to the store where they bought it for a full refund.

Anyone with questions is asked to call (877)SAFEWAY for more information.

The Danger of Salmonella

Salmonella enteriditis is one of the most common types of salmonella bacteria reported worldwide. Eggs and poultry are the most common carriers of these bacteria. Other foods where they are found include raw milk, pork, beef, sprouts and raw almonds.

A person infected with salmonella usually has fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea beginning 12 to 72 hours after consuming a tainted food or beverage. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without antibiotic treatment.

However, in some cases, severe diarrhea could result in hospitalization. The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems may be more susceptible to these infections.

In these patients, the infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other body sites and cause death until the person is promptly treated with antibiotics.

If You’ve Suffered Food Poisoning

If you have suffered food poisoning as a result of consuming contaminated food you purchased at a store or restaurant, there are a number of critical steps you would be well advised to take. Get medical attention and treatment right away.

Do not ignore the symptoms.

If you have leftovers, isolate and preserve the food so it can be tested in a lab for pathogens. Report your illness to the local health agency.

Contact an experienced Los Angeles food poisoning lawyer who can help you recover compensation for your losses including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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