Why You Should Pay Attention to Food Recall Alerts

CRF frozen foods issued a nationwide food recall recently due to a listeria bacterial contamination of their frozen vegetables. This recall includes Kroger frozen produce and Simple Truth frozen organic foods. Locally, Fry’s Food and Drug Stores was hit the hardest by this recall because it is linked to the Kroger brand. Safeway also had items that were added to the nationwide list on May 2, 2016.

General Mills joins recent food recalls with their flour brands including Gold Medal, Signature Kitchens and Wondra. This voluntary recall is due to a risk of E. coli. While E. coli hasn’t been found in the manufacturing facility, the recall covers products that may still be in consumer homes or grocery store shelves worldwide. To be on the safe side, General Mills is pulling several flour products before they have a chance to make people sick.

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Why Should You Be Concerned about Food Recalls?

While many manufacturing plants follow FDA processes to help avoid a mass bacterial contamination, it is not foolproof. Contamination can be linked to dangerous and long-lasting food poisoning symptoms, some of which may not be detected until too late. In fact, women who are currently pregnant or may be pregnant could be harming their unborn fetus by consuming contaminated foods. Some instances of foodborne illnesses have been linked to infant fatalities.

Common foodborne bacteria include:

  • E. coli – exists in undercooked meats, dairy products, raw fruits or vegetables, untreated water
  • Listeria – found in many refrigerated foods such as deli meats, hot dogs, meat spreads, dairy fluids and foods, smoked seafood, and sprouts
  • Salmonella – thrives in uncooked eggs, poultry, diary projects, raw fruits or vegetables, certain spices, and even nuts
  • Norovirus – commonly found in shellfish, ready-made foods such as produce, sandwiches, cookies, fruit, etc.
  • Campylobacter – most found in raw and undercooked dairy fluids, poultry or water
  • Clostridium perfringens – found in specific meats and gravies

What Symptoms Could Be Triggered by Food Poisoning?

Foodborne bacterial infections and illness symptoms can often resemble the flu. They range from stomach nausea, violent and persistent diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal cramps to weakness, fever, decreased urine production, and dizziness.

What Should I Do If I Think I or a Loved One Has Food-Related Illness?

Blood Testing - phoenixfamilymedical.com - ShutterstockIf you suspect you have a form of food poisoning, seek medical attention. They can help provide abdominal cramp and pain relief. Some doctors also offer routine blood testing, which can detect any bacterial infections. If there is confirmation that you do have a foodborne bacterial illness, you may want to consider contacting a food poisoning lawyer. However, the problem in pursuing these cases for damages is that they are generally difficult to prove until there is a mass outbreak of foodborne illnesses.

In the event there is a massive food recall issued after your medical symptoms, you could become part of a massive lawsuit. Again, it is difficult to pinpoint any foodborne illness to any one cause. Medical testing would be a heavy part of proving your case in a major lawsuit.

Our food poisoning and injury attorneys want to urge everyone to be alert whenever there is a food recall. It’s not worth the risk consuming contaminated food after being educated that there is a health concern. In many circumstances, you can return contaminated foods for a refund or replacement.

Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience provide Mesa residents with injury claim services for car accidents, medical malpractice, dog bites, and more. We want everyone to be safe and alert for any potential dangers in daily activities. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by the negligence of another, please contact us today for our hassle-free consultation to discuss your injury case.