Category: Food Poisoning

Florida Food Poisoning Scare Causes Stores to Pull Turkey From Shelves

Our Palm Beach food poisoning lawyer closely follows all reported instances of possible food contamination in our area. Dangerous bacteria often use food as a breeding ground. When that food is not properly prepared by manufacturers, restaurant owners, and other businesses that handle the product, then consumers are at risk of suffering serious illness. Improperly prepared food can cause a wide range of problems, from nausea and vomiting to paralysis and death. Millions of people are affected by food-borne bacteria each year. salmonella turkey outbreak

The Sun Sentinel recently reported on the latest Florida food poisoning scare involving contaminated ground turkey. The problem has affected residents throughout the country over the past few months. Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture are still working to understand the outbreak and determine the best way to keep consumers safe. Investigators currently believe the problem can be traced to a manufacturer from Kansas known as Cargill Meat. The company apparently sold 36 million pounds of turkey to Walmart and Aldi supermarkets that may have become contaminated with a fatal strain of salmonella. Tests at the manufacturing site indicated the presence of a strain of the bacteria known as salmonella Heidelburg–known to be resistant to antibiotics. The contaminated turkey was produced over a five and a half month period in the first half of 2011. Continue reading “Florida Food Poisoning Scare Causes Stores to Pull Turkey From Shelves”

Contaminated Food Suppliers Knew “Egg”zactly What They Were Doing

The recent egg recall is making us all wonder how safe our food sources really are. Salmonella outbreaks are becoming more and more common and sending more people to the hospital with food poisoning and other illnesses. Recently, many have fallen ill from eating bad eggs.

On August 13, 2010, Wright County Egg Company conducted a voluntary recall of 380 million eggs shipped by the company since May 19, 2010. The company has been cited by state regulators many times. The owner, Jack Decoster, said as his company grew, it became more difficult to comply with food safety regulations. Federal inspectors found filthy conditions at the company’s chicken farms. Eggs are a staple of most diets and are found in many other food products sold in grocery stores and restaurants.

According to the Mayo Clinic, salmonella bacteria have several strains that can leave the victim very sick. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain and blood in the stool. The incubation period can range from several hours to two days. Our children, the elderly and those with immune conditions are all at higher risk for severe illness, and perhaps even death.

Without making the necessary changes to the deplorable conditions, Wright Country Egg continued selling millions of dollars of contaminated eggs. So who monitors our food safety? The Food and Drug Administration is our only control over our food sources. Their job is to regulate and supervise the quality of food, pharmaceuticals and other related products. The increased risk of lawsuits resulting from these food borne illnesses may create financial incentives for companies to produce safer foods. Continue reading “Contaminated Food Suppliers Knew “Egg”zactly What They Were Doing”