The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing recalls for organic baby spinach and yeast because of food poisoning concerns. According to Consumer Reports, the FDA recalled organic baby spinach due to salmonella contamination from Taylor Farms in Salinas, California, which was distributed in 16 states from May 9 through May 10. The federal agency also recalled salmonella-contaminated Tempeh Starter Yeast and Super Starter Yeast imported from Indonesia. This yeast, distributed nationwide and internationally by in Rockville, Maryland, may be tied to several illnesses that have been reported to date. So far, there have been no reports of illnesses tied to the spinach.Safety advocates say that such outbreaks are the reason to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was passed in January 2011. FSMA spells out several food safety regulations including inspection of foreign facilities. However, this law has stalled in the Office of Management and Budget, awaiting authorization for the publication of the regulations in the Federal Register for public comment. Safety experts believe that this law would go a long way in preventing bacterial contamination in food products and protect consumers from such dangerous and defective products.

Salmonella Poisoning Facts

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 1.4 million cases of salmonella food poisoning in the United States each year. Only 40,000 of those cases are actually reported. Some of the common symptoms of a salmonella infection include 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. Salmonella infection may also result in serious injury or death, especially if it is resistant to medication.

Compensation for Victims

Food poisoning victims can hold the negligent food producers liable for damages sustained including medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, diagnostic tests, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. If you suspect that a contaminated food product has sickened you, please isolate the food item and store it in a refrigerator so it can be tested in a laboratory and used as evidence. An experienced California personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise you about your legal rights and options in food poisoning cases.