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National Food Recall Announced Over Listeria Contamination

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 9-Nov-2017

Mann Packing has issued a nationwide recall for packaged vegetable products sold across the country. The California-based vegetable supplier claims the recalled products may be contaminated withListeria monocytogenes, a dangerous bacterium. Mann Packing supplied the recalled veggies to some of the largest grocery stores in the country. Walmart, Whole Foods, Albertson’s, Trader Joe’s, Meijer and Safeway may have been sold the vegetable products. These stores are also participating in the recall.

Dozens of products sold at stores across the country are being pulled from shelves. You can review the list of recalled products by visiting the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website.

What are the Health Risks of Listeriosis?

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics show that an average of 1,600 people in the US develop listeriosis each year. An average of 260 cases are fatal. Listeriosis is an infection caused by exposure to Listeria.

The CDC has published helpful information on Listeria and listeriosis health risks. Pregnant women, the elderly, newborns and other individuals with compromised or underdeveloped immune systems have the greatest risk of succumbing to listeriosis. Individuals with HIV or who are undergoing chemotherapy could have a more difficult time fighting off this illness. For pregnant women, the infection can be passed to the fetus. Some women may miscarry or give birth prematurely after developing listeriosis.

Listeriosis can also cause severe health complications for survivors. Infections can spread to other parts of the body, such as the brain. According to the CDC, symptoms of listeriosis can mimic influenza. You should seek immediate medical attention if you notice signs of any serious illness, especially listeriosis.

If you or a loved one developed severe food poisoning from a product, it may be possible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer, retailer or restaurant for damages. The Washington DC product liability attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help determine your eligibility for filing a lawsuit.

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