A company in Rhode Island has recalled about 1.2 million pounds of Daniele brand pepper-coated salami and other sausage meats after numerous cases of salmonella food poisoning across the country. According to an ABC news report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates there were 184 potentially outbreak-associated cases across 38 sates. Thirty of those cases were reported in California, including six from Los Angeles. Nationally, more than 35 people have been hospitalized. So far, no fatalities have been reported relating to the salmonella outbreak.

The recalled salami and ready-to-eat sausages were sold at grocery stores, warehouse stores and online, including Costco, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Amazon, and other locations. Most of these recalled products were sold under the Daniele brand name, but several items under the labels of Boar’s Head, Black Bear, and Dietz & Watson are also part of this recall. The earliest cases of salmonella poisoning involving these products were noticed in July 2009.

Salmonella Infections Can be Devastating

Salmonella poisoning can cause serious personal injuries or even death, if it is not promptly diagnosed and treated. The most common signs and symptoms of salmonella infection includes nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal cramping or pain, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, muscle pains and bloody stools. In many cases, salmonella infection could lead to several days of hospitalization. BISNAR | CHASE has represented victims of salmonella poisoning who suffered long-term adverse effects as well. Most patients undergo extreme pain and suffering.

Food Producers are Responsible for their Products

Given the potential seriousness of a salmonella infection, I’d question why this Rhode Island food producer did not recall these meats earlier when the first reported cases were as early as the summer. It is not clear whether federal food safety inspectors have established a clear link between the salmonella outbreak and the recalled meat. But based on news reports, it appears that most victims who were infected with the bacteria ate these brands of salami and sausage. Federal officials are also inspecting the manufacturer’s facilities to determine the source of contamination.

If you or someone you love has been sickened as a result of these recalled food products, please contact reputed Los Angeles personal injury lawyers who have successfully represented victims of salmonella poisoning. The food producer that caused your food-borne illness could be held liable and you could be compensated for your medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization and other related expenses. If you suspect you have suffered salmonella poisoning from these recalled salami or sausage products, you would also be well-advised to file a report with your local health care agency.

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