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E. coli Outbreak Linked to Recalled Ground Beef

The USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) reported that on May 15, 2014, Wolverine Packing Company of Detroit, Michigan recalled approximately 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be linked to a multistate E. coli O157:H7 food poisoning outbreak.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reported that as of June 20, 2014, a total of 20 persons were infected with the outbreak strains of E. coli O157:H7 across 4 states. The number of E. coli food poisoning outbreak victims was reported as follows: Massachusetts (1), Michigan (5), Missouri (1), and Ohio (5). Illness onset date ranged from April 22, 2014 to May 2, 2014.

Product Recall Information

According to FSIS, the recalled ground beef products were produced between March 31, 2014 and April 18, 2014, and bear the establishment number “EST. 2574B” with a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MM DD 14” between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14”. The recalled ground beef was shipped to distributors for restaurant use in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. The recall announcement also stated that the recalled ground beef was not distributed to the Department of Defense, the National School Lunch Program, or catalog/internet sales.
A full list of ground beef products that were recalled can be viewed at the FSIS website.

E.coli Symptoms

Symptoms of E. coli infection may include severe abdominal cramps, fever, vomiting, watery or bloody diarrhea, and dehydration. Some individuals may develop a type of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The very young, elderly, and immunocompromised are at greatest risk for experiencing complications due to E. coli infection.

What You Can Do If You Suspect E. coli Food Poisoning

E. coli O157:H7 food poisoning can be fatal. If you are experiencing E. coli food poisoning symptoms, or have a health related question contact your healthcare professional. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm E. coli infection. Let your doctor know that you may have consumed or handled a recalled ground beef product.

E. coli Lawsuits and Food Poisoning Lawsuit Help

The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg is assisting victims of food poisoning outbreaks nationwide. If you are diagnosed with E. coli food poisoning, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free food poisoning lawsuit evaluation by calling our law firm toll free at 1-877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.

Cucumbers Linked To Salmonella Saintpaul Infections

Cucumber Salmonella Food Poisoning News – On May 8, 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that a total of 81 persons across 18 states had been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Staintpaul. The outbreak was likely linked to eating imported cucumbers. Reported illness onset dates ranged from January 12, 2013 to April 19, 2013.

The number of outbreak illnesses by sate was confirmed as follows: Arizona (2), Minnesota (1), North Carolina (2), Ohio (2), and Virginia (1).

Cucumber Suppliers Placed on Import Alert

On April 24, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacan, Mexico on Import Alert. Before either company’s cucumbers are allowed to enter the United States, the firms will be required to show, through laboratory testing, that the cucumbers are not contaminated with Salmonella.

Symptoms of Salmonella Infection

Consuming foods contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Salmonella, can lead to Salmonella food poisoning or salmonellosis. Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning may include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Symptoms usually appear within 12-72 hours after the ingestion of contaminated food.

In more severe cases, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and other body sites. This can result in death, unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to suffer severe illness.

A Stool Culture May Confirm Salmonella Food Poisoning

If you suspect that you have contracted Salmonella, or are experiencing Salmonella food poisoning symptoms, contact your doctor. If appropriate, he or she can order a stool culture to confirm Salmonella infection. A stool culture can also help link your illness to a specific outbreak and support a food poisoning lawsuit should you wish to seek compensation for your injuries.

Contact The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg for a Free Salmonella Lawsuit Evaluation

Attorney Eric Weinberg has helped victims of food poisoning outbreaks nationwide. We are ready to help you. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with salmonellosis, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights you can request a free food poisoning lawsuit evaluation by calling our law firm toll free at 1-877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.