A Los Angeles-based company is recalling its seafood salad products over food poisoning concerns. According to an Associated Press news report, Frankly Fresh Inc. has voluntarily recalled these products packed under its label because they could be contaminated with listeria, which is a type of deadly bacteria. The products involved in this recall come in a variety of sizes in plastic containers and were made between March 19 and April 23. The salads were distributed through retail supermarket stores in California and Nevada. Company officials say that the contamination was discovered during a routine sampling and testing program conducted by the Food and Drug Administration. So far, no illnesses have been reported.
Food Poisoning Statistics
According to the Department of Health and Human Services’ statistics, each year, 5,000 people die due to food poisoning. It is even more disturbing to note that the number of safety inspections has fallen sharply in recent years. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspects fewer than 25 percent of food production facilities each year. Also, nearly 75 percent of all food facilities have gone five or more years without an FDA inspection. Inspections are even more rare or non-existent when it comes to foreign food producers.
Symptoms of Listeria Infection
This type of bacterial infection, also known as Listeriosis, has the potential to cause death or serious injury. The most common symptoms of Listeriosis are fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. If the infection spreads to the nervous system, you may experience symptoms such as headache, stiffness, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions. Listeria infection can have devastating consequences for pregnant women. The baby may die unexpectedly before birth or experience a life-threatening infection within the first few days of birth.
Liability Issues in Food Poisoning Cases
If you have been sickened as a result of negligence on the part of the food producer, processor, distributor or server, you can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, hospitalization, diagnostic tests, pain and suffering and other damages and losses. It is important that you preserve the suspect food so it can be tested in a laboratory for evidence of contamination. Victims of food-borne illnesses would be well-advised to contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who will inform them about their legal rights and options.
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