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.
The Law Office of Eric H. Luckman, P.A. has been handling personal injury cases in Florida for over 27 years serving Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. The firm has successfully prosecuted multiple class action lawsuits against local restaurants that served contaminated food, resulting in numerous individuals becoming ill.