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.

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.

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.

Orange County Children Sickened By Goat Milk

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Three 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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Officials 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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Chicken 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.

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