Contamination risks have been behind a series of nationwide food recalls lately. Much like the recall impacting onions we reported on recently, the latest recall report involves food items that tested positive for bacteria that can expose consumers to illness. As Seattle personal injury attorneys, we are concerned about the growing number of recalls involving contaminated food and hope this post will help our readers stay safe.
Thousands Of Pounds Of Meat Recalled Over Listeria Concerns
According to consumer safety advocates, a business unit of Perdue Premium Meat Company, Inc. is recalling over 234,000 pounds of fully cooked ham and pepperoni products across the country over fears regarding Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that the recalled products were produced on various dates. Potentially impacted consumers can identify the product by the establishment number “EST. M10125” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Impacted products were sold under the Alexander & Hornung label and were distributed nationwide.
After testing samples of the product and finding the meat was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the company contacted FSIS to report the problem. So far, however, the firm is unaware of any injuries or illnesses associated with its Alexander & Hornung ham and pepperoni products.
Contaminated Food Products Are Especially Dangerous To Vulnerable Consumers
Consumers exposed to food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can experience listeriosis, an infection that can be especially dangerous to older adults, individuals with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and infants.
Because some of the recalled products might still be present in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers, officials are urging consumers to either throw the product away or return them to the place of purchase as soon as possible.
Listeriosis: What Symptoms Should I Look Out For?
Because food contaminated with L. monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled, consumers who believe they were exposed to the contaminated food should beware of the potential symptoms, which include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, or neck stiffness. If you consumed the recalled food and suffer any of the aforementioned symptoms, seek the help of a medical professional immediately.
Victims can experience symptoms as late as 70 days after exposure to the contaminated food.
Seattle Consumers: Beware Of Contaminated Products
Trusting consumers are often exposed to dangerous products. When companies are negligent and expose consumers to contaminated food or faulty items that result in serious bodily harm, the public should demand accountability from the manufacturer for injuries.
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