Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner.
According to the
FDA website, Route 11 Potato Chips recently announced a voluntary recall of one of
its products, the popular Sour Cream and Chive Potato Chips, with BEST
BY DATES of 2/9/17 through 6/10/17. The potato chips contain Salmonella-infected
powdered milk, presumably produced by Valley Milk Products of Strasburg,
Virginia, although not named directly in the chip recall. This is the
first time in its 25-year history that the Virginia-based Route 11 Potato
Chip Company has issued a product recall. Consumers may either return
the product to the store where purchased or contact the company directly
for a refund or replacement. There have been no reported illnesses to
date related to this product.
The Valley Milk plant was recently raided by U.S, Marshals, at the request
of the FDA, because of contaminated powdered milk and powdered buttermilk
products. According to court filings in the U.S. District Court for the
Western District of Virginia, the FDA reported positive results for Salmonella
at the plant and inspectors found internal records confirming the presence
According to the
CDC, between 2000 and 2008, Salmonella was estimated to cause a million foodborne
illnesses in the U.S., including 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.
Food contaminated with Salmonella generally doesn't show any signs
of contamination. "Most people infected with
Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours
after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most individuals
recover without treatment. In some cases, diarrhea may be so severe that
the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the
Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then
to other body sites. In these cases,
Salmonella can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.
The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more
likely to have a severe illness."
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Mr. Zambri is the author of a widely renowned book on product liability
litigation. An experienced speaker, he often shares his knowledge regarding
personal injury litigation at seminars. In recognition of his many successes,
Mr. Zambri has been consistently included in the
Super Lawyers® list and has been named among “The Best Lawyers in America” by
Best Lawyers (2016 edition).
Mr. Zambri has been successful in litigating food poisoning cases. He is
knowledgeable and experienced in handling the unique complexities involved
in food poisoning litigation.