Food Contamination across the United States

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Contaminated food has seemingly become very commonplace during the month of September. So far Cargill has overseen a recall of ground turkey infected with salmonella and the FDA has been investigating the presence of Listeria in cantaloupes . While food makes headlines, it also provides a possibly deadly

Listeria Monocytogenes is a potentially deadly food poisoning bacterium that causes a condition called Listerosis. Listeriosis affects mainly pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with lowered immune system, and when pregnant women are infected with Listeria Monocytogenes the infection can result in premature delivery, miscarriages, or stillbirth. Additionally, if a pregnant woman is exposed to contaminated food during pregnancy, the child can be born with Listeriosis.

Because Listeria is generally found in uncooked meats, processed foods, and other foods derived from animal products, this particular bout of contamination came as a surprise. In fact, this is the first time that an outbreak of Listeria has been linked to whole cantaloupes.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the cases of Listerosis confirmed to be a result of the cantaloupe outbreak include 11 individuals from Colorado, 2 from Texas, and one each in Indiana, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Nevertheless, the cantaloupes were also shipped to grocery stores in Illinois, Wyoming, Tennessee, Utah, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Missouri, Arizona, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, so more cases may develop.

The contaminated cantaloupes may be labeled with either a grey, yellow, and green sticker that reads “Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords,” or a green and white sticker that reads “Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe.” If, however, you come across an unlabeled cantaloupe, either contact the store at which the melon was purchased to determine its source, or throw it away. These cantaloupes should not be eaten.

A doctor will be able to diagnose if you have been infected with Listerosis, and if caught in time, it is treatable. If your loved one has been diagnosed withListeriapoisoning after eating cantaloupe, you may have a claim for compensation from the grower, distributor or retailer and others. Compensation will depend on the facts of your personal injury or wrongful death case and may include medical expenses, pain, emotional distress, disability, lost income, and other damages. For more information contact the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio .

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