Salmonella Cases From Frozen Tuna Multiply In California

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Sushi Salmonella PoisoningSushi 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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ChickenThree 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.

Orange County Children Sickened By Goat Milk

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Claravale Farm Goat MilkThree Orange County children were sickened after drinking some high-end, unpasteurized goat milk that came from a farm near the Central Coast.

According to news reports, public health officials say the children got food poisoning or campylobacteriosis infection from the raw goat milk produced by Claravale Farm.

One of the children had to be hospitalized.

In addition to these children, six people in Northern California were diagnosed with the sickness in March after drinking raw milk from the same Paicines farm.

The state initiated an investigation into Claravale Farms and forced them to issue a mandatory recall telling everyone to get rid of Claravale Farms products with the “March 28″ expiration date.

The milk apparently is not cheap.

State officials have cautioned the public against drinking raw, unpasteurized milk saying that there are a lot of germs in these products that could make people very sick.

However, Claravale Farms website states that raw milk is a great source of nutrients especially for children.

Symptoms & Dangers

Campylobacteriosis is among the most common forms of food poisoning in the United States.

Symptoms can range from diarrhea and lethargy that lasts for a day to severe diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever that could last for several weeks.

Those affected usually experience symptoms within two to five days of getting in contact with the organism.

The illness is often associated with unpasteurized dairy products and water. It mostly affects young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

Tips to Avoid Food Poisoning

There are some things that are out of your control. You cannot control how a restaurant prepares its food or a retailer processes or stores its products.

But, there are steps you can take to avoid food poisoning:

  • Do not consume raw or unpasteurized dairy products such as milk, eggs and cheese.
  • Make sure that you wash your hands and utensils before cooking or serving your food.
  • Ensure that all meat and poultry is cooked thoroughly before consuming.
  • Clean your kitchen countertops and cutting boards to prevent cross contamination.

If you are suffering from a food-borne illness, get immediate medical attention and report your illness to the local health agency.

Contact an experienced Orange County food poisoning lawyer to better understand your legal rights and options.

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

31 Californians Sickened By Salmonella In Raw Tuna In Sushi

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Sushi Salmonella PoisoningOfficials say 31 Californians, including six in Orange County, have suffered food poisoning as a result of salmonella-contaminated raw tuna in sushi.

According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, officials with the California Department of Public Health said as of Thursday, 53 salmonella cases have been reported in nine states, of which 31 were in California.

Public health officials are warning Californians that there is a risk of food poisoning when eating raw or undercooked meats, fish or poultry.

Nationwide, so far, 10 patients have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Most of the patients reported eating sushi containing the raw tuna during the week before their fell ill.

The illness dates ranged from March 5 to May 13. Several agencies are investigating the source of the outbreak.

In California, nine cases were reported in Los Angeles County, six in Orange, four in Riverside, seven in San Diego, one in Santa Barbara, and four in Ventura.

The patients’ ages range from 1 to 83.

Salmonella Can Be Dangerous

Salmonella infections are the most common cause of hospitalizations relating to food poisoning in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The most common symptoms of a salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Officials warn that it is important to get the necessary testing and cultures to help treat the infections and to help with outbreak management.

Salmonella infections often severely affect children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

If You Have Been Affected

Food poisoning victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, diagnostic costs, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

Food producers have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that their products are safe for consumers.

If you have suffered an illness or hospitalization as a result of a food-borne illness, isolate and preserve the product, if possible, so it can be tested in a lab for pathogens.

Contact your local health care agency to report the issue. Schedule a consultation with an experienced Orange County food poisoning attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries, damages and losses.

New Safety Standards Aim To Make Chicken Safer

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ChickenChicken breasts, wings and legs, a staple of American diets, could become safer to eat thanks to new standards proposed by the Agriculture Department that aim to reduce rates of salmonella and campylobacter contamination.

According to an Associated Press news report, the standards would not be mandatory, but voluntary.

Officials say these standards are designed to put pressure on companies to take the necessary steps to reduce contamination and incidents of food poisoning and major outbreaks.

Reduction of Salmonella Rates

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the proposed standards could reduce food-borne illnesses caused by raw poultry by about a quarter or 50,000 illnesses a year. Among the measures companies could take to reduce the rates of salmonella and campylobacter are better screening of flocks and better sanitation.

The proposal would ask poultry producers to reduce the rates of salmonella in raw chicken parts from about 24 percent now to less than 16 percent, and campylobacter rates in raw chicken parts from an estimated 22 percent to 8 percent. Salmonella rates would also be reduced in ground chicken and turkey.

Foster Farms Outbreak

These standards come after a lengthy outbreak of salmonella illnesses linked to California chicken company Foster Farms, which sickened more than 600 people between March 2013 and July 2014.

In 2013, USDA inspectors at Foster Farms facilities had documented fecal material on carcasses along with poor sanitation.

Federal food safety officials said the Foster Farms salmonella Heidelberg outbreak spurred these proposed regulations. That outbreak that lasted over 16 months, sickened 634 people in 29 states and Puerto Rico.

In that outbreak, scientists identified seven strains of the bacteria including some that were resistant to antibiotics used to treat humans for illnesses other than salmonella.

Safety Measures Should Be Mandatory

As California personal injury lawyers who represent victims of food poisoning, we sincerely believe that these proposed regulations should be mandatory for all producers and processors of poultry in the United States.

Salmonella and campylobacter illnesses can result in serious and violent illnesses causing victims to be hospitalized. Some severe illnesses could even result in fatalities.

Around 1 million Americans get sick from salmonella each year and almost 20 percent of those illnesses are linked to poultry.

It’s not sufficient for the government to encourage food producers to take these safety measures. They must become enforceable laws.

California Apples Linked To Deadly Listeria Outbreak

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Apple RecallA Bakersfield, California, apple-packing plant has recalled all of its Granny Smith and Gala apple shipments from 2014 after they have been linked to an outbreak of listeria in caramel apples that may have caused up to five deaths.

According to an Associated Press news report, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Bidart Brothers of Bakersfield is recalling apples shipped from its Shafter packing facility last year spurred by a federal investigation of 32 listeria illnesses across 11 states including the five deaths.

Bidart supplied apples for two commercial caramel apple brands that were linked to the food poisoning incidents.

Several Brands Affected

Health officials cautioned consumers last month to avoid prepackaged caramel apples after they were linked to the illnesses. Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween and this outbreak started just before then.

However, the commercially produced apples have a longer shelf life and officials fear they may still remain on store shelves or in people’s homes.

On December 22, Bidart Brothers issued a recall only to customers who produce caramel apples.

The following day, food safety officials inspected the facility, finding listeria present on surfaces likely to come into contact with the apples.

FDA has said some of the recalled apples may be sold under the names and brand names “Big B” and “Granny’s Best” although they could be sold under other brand names or without any brand name.

It would be a good idea for consumers who have recently bought Granny Smith or Gala apples to ask retailers if Bidart supplied them.

So far, several other caramel apple brands such as Happy Apple, Kroger, California Snack Foods and Merb’s Candies, have also issued recalls.

Liability Issues

Listeria is a foodborne illness that can especially harm pregnant women, newborn babies, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. As we saw in this particular outbreak, listeria infections can be deadly.

Food producers have a legal obligation to keep their manufacturing and processing facilities clean and without contamination. Equipment and locations that come into contact with the food must be kept sanitized at all times.

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.

Prepackaged Caramel Apples Cause Deadly Listeria Outbreak

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Listeria Caramel ApplesHealth officials are warning consumers this holiday season to avoid pre-packaged caramel apples after they have been linked to five deaths and two dozen illnesses in 10 states including California.

According to an NBC Los Angeles the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened with listeria bacteria of which 26 were hospitalized.

Five of those who were hospitalized died. CDC said listeriosis contributed to four of the five deaths.

The agency said 83 percent of those sickened reported eating commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples before falling ill. Three meningitis cases linked to the listeria were also reported in children.

However, the three children were not among the fatalities.

The illnesses were reported between October 17 and November 27. CDC officials said they are still trying to determine the specific brands there were involved in this food poisoning outbreak.

The illnesses occurred in 10 states including Arizona, California, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

The Danger of Listeria

In 2012, 831 food poisoning outbreaks were reported to CDC. In 2012, there were four confirmed outbreaks and one suspected outbreak of listeriosis in the United States.

The largest listeriosis outbreak in U.S. history occurred in 2011, when 147 illnesses, 33 deaths, and one miscarriage occurred among residents of 28 states.

That outbreak was associated with consumption of cantaloupe from a single farm.

A person who has been infected with listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

Pregnant women typically experience symptoms such as fatigue and aches. Infections during pregnancy could lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

Symptoms for those who are not pregnant could include stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions, fever and muscle aches.

Actions You Can Take

If you have any of these caramel apples at home, please do not consume them. Discard them right away in a closed plastic bag placed in a sealed trashcan.

If you have eaten them and are experiencing symptoms, please isolate the food for testing in a laboratory.

Wash areas where the cheese was stored in the fridge with hot water and soap. Wash cutting boards, surfaces or utensils that came into contact with the food.

If you developed a fever after eating these or other contaminated products, seek medical care right away.

Report your illness to the local health agency.

Contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled food poisoning cases and can help protect your rights.

Ground Beef Products Recalled For Possible E. Coli Contamination

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Ground Beef RecallRanchers Legacy Meat Company is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef products that may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to an alert issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Officials say the products included in the recall are packaged in plastic sealed packets and were produced on November 19, 2014.

These products were shipped nationwide to retailers. USDA officials discovered the contamination during a routine inspection.

So far, there have been no reports of illnesses associated with these products.

Coli Symptoms

Coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps two to eight days after exposure to the organism.

While a number of people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This can occur in all age groups, but is most common in children under 5 and older adults.

Symptoms of HUS include easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output.

Each year, about 48 million Americans, roughly one in six people in the United States, suffer from food-borne illnesses such as norovirus, E. coli, salmonella and listeria, to mention a few.

Eating or drinking a contaminated food or beverage can cause a foodborne illness. A foodborne disease outbreak occurs when two or more people get the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink.

Preventing E. coli Infections

There are several steps you can take to prevent E. coli infections:

  • Cook meats thoroughly. Ground beef and meat that has been needle-tenderized should be cooked to a temperature of at least 160°F (70?C). Use a thermometer to verify the temperature. The color of the meat is not a reliable indicator of how thoroughly it has been cooked.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food.
  • Practice proper hygiene, especially good hand washing.
  • Prevent cross-contamination in food preparation areas by thoroughly washing hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat.

If you have suffered food poisoning, please isolate the food that made you sick so that it can be tested for pathogens. Get medical attention immediately and report your illness to a local health care agency.

Contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled food poisoning cases to better understand your legal rights and options.

E. Coli-Tainted Celery Linked To California Farm

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Ecoli Celery OutbreakAn outbreak of E. coli in Minnesota has been linked to celery grown in Gonzales, California.

According to a news report in The Californian, 57 people were sickened and nine were hospitalized as a result of this outbreak. The victims were members of a band of the Lake Superior Chippewa called Fond du Lac.

All victims had consumed potato salad that included celery and onions tainted with E. coli bacteria. Cases were also identified at event where the potato salad was not served but celery was.

The celery has been tracked to a field near a defunct dairy operation near Gonzales.

The caterer common to all five Fond du Lac events between July 1 and July 17 on the reservation was Jim-N-Joe’s Northland Katering that had purchased the celery from Upper Lakes Foods Inc.

The celery was tracked back to Matignoni Ranch Block 5c outside Gonzales.

Potential Litigation

The food poisoning victims have said they will file a lawsuit against the caterer, but not the grower because there is insufficient evidence. Soil samples from the farm where the celery was grown did not show the presence of the pathogen. However, attorneys for the plaintiffs have said that may change as discovery proceeds and if new evidence comes up.

An investigation also showed that the tainted celery sickened people in Wisconsin, Alabama, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The Minnesota Department of Health has concluded that the contaminated celery is the “most likely vehicle of transmission.

Although the source of the contamination has not identified, it is still plausible that the celery may have been contaminated during production, officials said.

Compensation for Victims

E.coli infections can have devastating consequences. The most common symptoms are nausea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and vomiting. In severe cases, E.coli infections could also result in kidney damage.

Victims of food poisoning can seek compensation for damages against the food producer, server, or anyone else involved in the manufacturing process whose negligence may have caused the contamination.

Some of the damages victims can seek in such cases include medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization costs, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

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

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

Foster Farms Chicken Recalled For Listeria Contamination

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Foster Farms Listeria RecallFoster Farms has recalled nearly 40,000 pounds of frozen, pre-cooked chicken for potential listeria contamination.

According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the recall is for Chicken Breast Grilled Strops sold in 3.5-pound resealable bags, produced in the company’s Louisiana plant and shipped to retailers in California, Texas, Utah and Washington.

The affected product bears the processing plant number, P33901 and a “best by” date of Aug. 5, 2015. Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture say the problem was discovered during the company’s routine in-plant inspection.

While some of the product was set aside and held, the products included in the recall were inadvertently shipped to the retailers. So far, no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products has been reported.

This recall comes only two months after a salmonella outbreak linked to Central California-based Foster Farms was declared over.

Listeria Dangers

Listeria infection or listeriosis can prove lethal. Listeria primarily affects the elderly, newborns, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms of listeria food poisoning include fever, muscle pain, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and other gastrointestinal problems.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths occur due to listeriosis annually in the United States. The largest listeriosis outbreak in U.S. history occurred in 2011, when 147 illnesses, 33 deaths, and one miscarriage occurred among residents of 28 states. The outbreak was associated with consumption of cantaloupe from a single farm.

If You Have Been Affected

If you have suffered any type of food poisoning, it is important that you get prompt medical attention. Chart your intake and make a note of everything you consumed over the last three or four days. When you see your doctor, insist on doing diagnostic tests for food-borne illnesses, especially if you suspect it. Keep a journal and document all your losses. File a complaint with the local health agency.

Contact an experienced California personal injury attorney who will ensure that their your legal rights and best interests are protected. Food manufacturers and establishments such as restaurants can be held accountable for negligent food processing or serving.

Victims can seek damages for losses such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. The best personal injury law firms like Bisnar Chase will always offer free consultations and comprehensive case evaluations to injured victims and their families.

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