Listeria Outbreak Attorney

Listeria monocytogenes is a common foodborne disease-causing bacteria in the United States. There are approximately 2,500 cases of listeriosis each year. In every 1,000 cases 200 result in death. The elderly, pregnant women and immunocompromised persons are at greater risk for contracting listeriosis but with that being said many healthy people have been affected by the bacteria as well.

Once the bacterium enters the gastrointestinal tract it can travel through the blood stream and invade the central nervous system causing meningitis and possibly encephalitis (brain infection). In pregnant women listeria is almost always fatal. Listeria in pregnant women can lead to stillbirths, blood infection known as sepsis and even spontaneous abortion.

Some of the largest and most recent outbreaks of Listeria include Blue Bell Ice Cream along with Peaches, Nectarines, Plums and Pluots from Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California.

Listeria in Blue Bell Ice Cream

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that listeria from Blue Bell Ice Cream has hospitalized five people. Three of the five hospitalized people have died. Three strains have been found that are closely related to the strains found in the ice cream manufactured and distributed by Blue Bell Creameries. Since February 12 of this year the Texas Department of State Health Services have tested and found that an entire production line was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The contaminated production line included:

  • Blue Bell Creameries Chocolate Chip Country Cookie Sandwich
  • Blue Bell Great Divide Bar
  • Scoops (a single serving 3 oz. ice cream product with tab lids) in Vanilla, Strawberry & Chocolate (SKU #453, SKU #452 & SKU #451)

Listeria has hospitalized 85% of its victims in this outbreak. Anyone that has eaten Blue Bell Ice Cream and has been sickened with muscle aches, fever, diarrhea or gastrointestinal symptoms common to food poisoning should immediately seek the help of a doctor and explain to them that you have been exposed to a product known to be contaminated with Listeria. Blue Bell has only recalled the Scoops and is simply telling its consumers who have purchased any of the above products that it may be contaminated and to discard it.

If you or a loved one has been sickened by a product known to be contaminated with Listeria contact Carabin Shaw. Carabin Shaw will provide you the legal and financial support you need while dealing with this disease-causing bacterium. Listeria in Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California Fruits

July of 2014 Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California was forced to recall a hefty amount of nectarines, plums, pluots and peaches. When tested, these products contained Listeria monocytogenes that can cause a disease known as listeriosis. After test results, the CDC and FDA began an intensive investigation into the possibility of human illnesses and at first found three distinct Listeria monocytogenes isolates from the fruits. Further testing showed that the fruits contained an additional 31 Listeria moncytogense. Listeria is one of the more dangerous foodborne pathogens and should be taken seriously.

If you or a loved one has been sickened by a product known to be contaminated with Listeria contact Carabin Shaw. Carabin Shaw will provide you the legal and financial support you need while dealing with this disease-causing bacterium.

Hepatitis A Outbreak from Costco Townsend Farms Brand Berries

Hepatitis A is an extremely contagious liver infection. The hepatitis A virus is one of several types of hepatitis viruses that cause inflammation and affects liver function. You can contract hepatitis A by eating food contaminated with the virus or being in close contact with someone who is infected.

The CDC has confirmed the consumption of the Townsend Farms Brand Berries from Costco sickened 165 people. The CDC believes that many more were affected in this outbreak but were not properly diagnosed or tested. Ongoing symptoms are nausea, extreme weakness and vomiting. If you have consumed Costco’s Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant frozen berry mix and are experiencing any of the above symptoms contact a doctor immediately.

If you or a loved one has been sickened by a product known to be contaminated with Hepatitis A contact Carabin Shaw.

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