Chicken Caesar Salad Kits Recalled For Listeria Contamination

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ChickenAPPA Fine Foods, a Corona-based company, is recalling about 92,657 pounds of fully-cooked chicken Caesar salad kit products due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

According to a consumer alert issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the salad kits were shipped nationwide to Sam’s Club stores nationwide. So far, there have been two confirmed listeriosis cases as a result of these recalled products.

Tests by Sam’s Club showed that the bacterial contamination was in the chicken in the salad kits. Anyone who has purchased these salad kits is asked to return them to the store for a complete refund.

Listeria Dangers

Eating food contaminated with listeria can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, their newborns and those with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection in the newborn. In addition, these infections could prove fatal for older adults or those with weakened immune systems.

Preventing Listeriosis

There are several steps you can take to prevent listeriosis:

  • Rinse raw produce such as fruits and vegetables, thoroughly under running tap water before eating, cutting or cooking. Produce should be washed even if it will be peeled.
  • Separate uncooked meats and poultry from vegetables, cooked foods and ready-to-eat foods.
  • Wash hands, countertops, knives and cutting boards after handling and preparing uncooked foods.
  • Listeria bacteria can grow in foods in the refrigerator. Use an appliance thermometer such as a refrigerator thermometer to check the temperature in your refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40°F or lower and the freezer 0°F or lower.
  • Thoroughly cook raw food from animal sources, such as beef, pork, or poultry to a safe internal temperature.

 If You Have Suffered Food Poisoning

If you have become ill as a result of eating contaminated food, it is important that you isolate the food and store it separately so it can be tested for pathogens in a lab. It is also important that you get prompt medical treatment for the infection. Food manufacturers are required to produce foods that are safe for consumers.

If you have suffered health consequences as a result of contaminated, please contact an experienced California personal injury attorney at (800) 561-4887 who has successfully handled similar cases to ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected.

Federal Lawsuit Filed Over Defective And Deadly Guardrails

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Guardrail Defect CaseTwo product safety organizations are fighting to get court documents unsealed in what could turn out to be a billion-dollar whistleblower case involving defective guardrails that line highways across the United States.

According to a 10news report, at the center of this issue is Trinity Industries, the manufacturer of ET-Plus model guardrails. The whistleblower is Josh Harman, a former business owner who filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the American people claiming that the guardrails are dangerous and deadly.

He alleges in the lawsuit that the guardrails were never properly tested or even approved by the government.

This case took an interesting turn a few weeks ago when the judge declared a mistrial raising the question of whether Trinity’s president tried to intimidate a witness, tampered with a witness or committed perjury.

However, some of the records pertaining to those issues were sealed making it impossible for the public to learn the truth.

Serious Injuries and Fatalities

The guardrails in question, which are used in all 50 states, according to the lawsuit, pose a serious danger to the public. There are many reports of impalement and other gruesome injuries caused by these faulty guardrails.

Trinity has defended the products by arguing that some of the accident photos involving the guardrails “do not accurately represent” how the products performed.

10news found 14 examples of ET-Plus guardrails on the county’s highways including many on Interstate 5 and State Highway 78. Trinity Industries has issued a statement that the only way to understand how the guardrails performed in a crash is to know all the variables including the vehicle’s weight, angle of impact.

A new trial is expected to commence in the fall.

Product Liability Issues

What victims who have been affected in these and other cases involving defective products need is a resourceful product liability law firm that can independently do crash testing and product testing to determine if the product in question is defective. Our legal practice has performed a number of crash tests in cases that involved catastrophic injuries.

Our law firm also does not charge any fees for upfront costs from clients until they have recovered compensation for their losses. We offer this “no-win-no-fee” guarantee to all our clients.

We do this because we believe in obtaining justice and fair compensation for our seriously injured clients, who have already lost so much.

Our goal in every product liability case is to ensure that the negligent product manufacturer is held accountable for putting a dangerous and defective product in the market.

Peanut & Almond Butter Products Recalled For Salmonella Contamination

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RecallsA unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter products because of possible salmonella contamination.

According to a news report in The Associated Press, so far, there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters that were sold under the brand names Arrowhead Mills peanut butters and MaraNatha almond and peanut butters.

Also being recalled were some lots of private label almond butter from grocers Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger and Safeway. In California Kroger owns Ralphs stores and Safeway owns the Vons chain.

Approximately 45 production lots have been affected. The products have been sold in the United States as well as the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. The contamination surfaced after routine testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA officials have said they do not know how many jars of nut butters were recalled.

Salmonella Dangers

There have been a number of salmonella outbreaks in the United States recently including infected peanut butter that made more than 700 people ill in 2008 and 2009. We’ve also seen reports of Foster Farms chicken that has been linked to salmonella infections that have sickened more than 500 people nationwide.

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.

Steps Food Poisoning Victims Can Take

If you have suffered food poisoning, make sure you get prompt medical attention. Demand that diagnostic tests be conducted to determine what type of pathogen caused your illness. Isolate and preserve the food that made you sick in a baggy so it can be examined and analyzed in a laboratory. Keep track of all your expenses and losses.

Injured victims of food poisoning can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, diagnostic tests, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Victims would also be well advised to contact an attorney who has experience handling food poisoning cases. The best personal injury law firms will always offer free consultations and case evaluations to victims and their families.

Have You Been Injured By A Defective Hip Implant?

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Defective Knee and Hip ImplantsWhen your car is a lemon or is recalled for safety issues, you get it fixed at no cost at the dealership. But, what happens when your artificial hip is defective?

Thousands of Americans have been faced with this problem over the last decade or so. Each year, about 400,000 people in the United States undergo hip replacement surgeries. But, when these hip implants are defective, they create significant problems for those who receive them.

For example, DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson recalled its metal-on-metal hip implants because they were failing very quickly, within a year or two of surgery.

Reports of Early Failure

A WFMY News report gives the example of one patient who felt “clicking” in her newly replaced hip. Not until several years after she got her hip did DePuy admit it had a problem and recalled the device.

DePuy hips are made with all metal. Between 2000 and 2010 DePuy and other companies like Stryker made these components of chromium cobalt metal.

As the parts grind against each other, they produced particles of chromium cobalt that could cause metal poisoning after debris built up in the soft tissues of the body.

Side Effects of Metal Hip Implants

There are many ways in which metal hip implants can fail. Our legal practice has observed based on cases we handle that faulty hip implants can produce significant side effects for patients including:

  • Premature death of body tissue of soft tissue damage due to excessive wear of the implant.
  • Elevated cobalt and chromium levels in the blood, also known as metal poisoning or metallosis.
  • Severe pain in the implant rendering the patient unable to walk.
  • Fluid collection around the joint.

 Protecting Victims’ Rights

Brands of hip implants such as Biomet, Stryker and DePuy have been the subject of a number of recalls and lawsuits. However, when an implant that has been placed inside your body fails, it is not easy to get it out and get it fixed, like you may repair a car part. In such cases, patients must undergo revision surgeries.

This means that the defective implant is surgically removed and replaced with a new device. Patients undergo not only the physical pain and suffering due to unnecessary surgery, but they endure financial burdens, paying medical expenses, hospitalization, cost of surgery and rehabilitation, not to mention lost income.

Some individuals are permanently injured or disabled due to these defective hip implants.

If you or a loved one has received a defective hip implant and have endured serious side effects, please contact an experienced medical device attorney who can help protect your rights and hold the negligent manufacturers accountable.

Orange County Company Recalls Food Due To Botulism Fears

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Food Product RecallA San Clemente-based company is recalling several products due to food poisoning concerns.

According to a news report in The Orange County Register, California Department of Public Health officials released a consumer alert for possible contamination of San Clemente-based VR Green Farms products after determining that two botulism infection cases may be tied to the company’s pine nut basil pesto.

The VR Green Farms products affected by the recall include pine nut basil pesto, pickled farm mix, Old World tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, Tuscan grilling sauce and pasta sauce.

The products are packaged in mason-style glass jars and are sold at VR Green Farm stands in San Clemente and online. Consumers who have these products at home are asked to dispose them right away. Health officials also caution that consumers should use gloves when handling the products and that they should be discarded in double-bagged trash cans.

Those handling this contaminated food are also advised to wash their hands with soap and water after discarding the products. If you have been affected, please contact the state Health Department at 800-495-3232.

What is Botulism?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Foodborne botulism is caused by eating foods that contain the botulinum toxin.

In the United States, an average of 145 botulism cases are reported each year out of which about 15 percent are foodborne. Common symptoms of botulism include double vision, blurred vision, droopy eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness.

Protecting Your Rights

If you have suffered health consequences as a result of botulism or any other type of food poisoning, please remember that you have rights.

Affected victims can file a personal injury claim against the food manufacturer of damages including medical expenses, lost wages, diagnostic costs, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

If you have consumed contaminated food, please preserve the food and isolate it so it can be tested in a laboratory for the presence of bacteria or other pathogens. File a report with your local health agency and contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled food poisoning cases to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.

Baby Monitors Recalled For Potential Strangulation Hazard

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Baby Monitor RecallAbout 25,000 baby monitors sold at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores and online are being recalled because of a potential strangulation hazard.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tommee Tippee monitors with movement sensor pads are the subject of a defective product recall because a child can pull the sensor pad’s cord into the crib and cause the cords to get wrapped around the neck.

This recall involves two models of Tommee Tippee Movement and Sound Baby Monitors with Sensor Pads. The product includes the baby unit, parent unit and the movement sensor pad.

Defective Product Design

The pad in question is white with a 10-foot cord that runs from the pad to the baby monitor unit. Both models come with a sensor pad that fits under the baby’s crib mattress and sounds an alarm if no movement is detected for 20 seconds. There is a keypad and small screen above the keypad on both the baby and parent units.

The units were sold at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores and since September 2011 for about $150. Anyone who has these monitors at home should immediately ensure that all monitor cords are out of reach of young children and contact Mayborn USA for a free cord cover kit that has rigid protective cord covers through which the sensor pad can be threaded.

For more information, please call 866-214-1537.

Nursery Product Accidents

CPSC statistics show that in 2012 there were about 77,900 emergency department treated injuries associated with nursery products among children under 5 years of age.

Falls were the leading cause of injury. Internal organ injuries, contusions, abrasions and lacerations accounted for 73 percent of the injuries.

For the three-year period between 2008 and 2010, CPSC staff reported 333 deaths associated with nursery products among children under 5. Common causes of death included asphyxia and strangulation.

Product Liability Issues

When a dangerous or defective product causes serious injury or death, victims or families of deceased victims have rights.

Injured victims can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injury, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking damages as well.

An experienced product liability lawyer will be able to advise victims or families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.

Major Retailers Recall Fruits for Listeria Poisoning

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RecallsWawona Packing Co. is issuing a voluntary recall of peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, California facilities between June 1 and July 12.

According to a CNN news report, major retailers such as Costco, Trader Joe’s, Wal-Mart and Kroger are part of this recall. The fruits in question are said to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

This is a nationwide recall according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Internal testing at Wawona apparently revealed the potential bacterial contamination, officials said.

The production facility has been shut down and sanitized and subsequent tests have turned out negative for food poisoning. So far, no illnesses have been reported due to this food contamination.

Listeria Infections Could Be Deadly

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths are caused by listeriosis.

The largest and deadliest listeria outbreak in the United States was related to fruit and occurred in 2011. Cantaloupes from a Colorado farm killed nearly three dozen and sickened 147.

Common symptoms for listeria include diarrhea, fever, muscle aches and other gastrointestinal issues. Listeria could cause stillbirths in pregnant women.

So, pregnant women, infants, seniors and those with a weakened immune system are particularly at risk for a serious listeria infection.

Protecting Yourself

Trader Joe’s has urged consumers not to eat any of these “stone fruits” that have large pits and to return them to a nearby store for a full refund. Also, Wegmans Food Markets has recalled many of its baked goods that may contain the contaminated fruit. These products include pies, tarts, cakes and other pastries.

There are also many other steps you can take to prevent listeriosis through food contamination:

  • Stay away from raw milk or soft cheeses that are made from raw milk.
  • Make sure that leftovers are refrigerated within two hours in shallow covered containers.
  • Avoid cross contamination by properly cleaning all cooking and cutting surfaces.
  • Heat deli meats and hot dogs to a steaming hot temperature before consuming.
  • It is important to identify which foods are risky for the elderly and those who are pregnant.

If you or a loved one has been sickened as a result of food poisoning, it is important that you isolate the preserve the contaminated food so it can be tested at a lab for pathogens. Report your illness to the local health department.

If you had to be hospitalized and suffered other losses as a result of your illness, contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.

Documents Show GM Was Silent On Fatal Car Accidents

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GM RecallA new report published by The New York Times casts doubts on how forthright General Motors was with federal regulators over a defective ignition switch that the automaker has linked to 13 deaths over the last 10 years.

The article gives the example of a car crash that killed Gene Erickson along a rural Texas road. The Saturn Ion in which he was traveling swerved into a tree and the airbags failed.

When the question arose as to why the airbags failed, GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it could not provide the answers.

But, just a month earlier, a GM engineer had concluded in an internal evaluation that More

Incidence Of Hip & Knee Implant Failures Expected To Increase

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Defective Knee and Hip ImplantsWith more and more Americans getting hip and knee implants each year, the likelihood of more these implants failing also increases.

According to a Lawyers and Settlements report, with a continuing rise in replacement procedures and continuing problems with latest-generation devices such as metal-on-metal implants, it is fair to assume that more hip and knee implants are likely to fail.

Dramatic Increase in Replacement Surgeries

The Sandusky Register of Ohio reports that more than two out of every 100 people in the United States More

Graco Recalls 2 Million Infant Car Seats For Harness Buckles

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Graco Infant Seat RecallGraco has recalled nearly two million infant car seats due to a defective buckle that makes the car seats difficult to open.

According to a Fox 6 news report, the car seat manufacturer has recalled 1.9 million car seats for select infant, toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats this week.

This safety recall comes after a five-month spat between Graco and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with the federal agency demanding the recall and the car seat maker resisting issuing a recall for More

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