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Eggs And Fruit Blamed As Salmonella Sickens Hundreds Of Californians. Do Food Poisoning Victims Have Legal Rights?

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health warned Southern Californians of two nationwide food recalls linked to salmonella. The tainted food products include certain eggs shipped from Wright County Egg Company of Galt, Iowa and frozen mamey pulp fruit from COCO S.A. of Guatemala.
 
About 380 million eggs have been recalled nationwide. At least 266 people in California have fallen ill after eating these eggs. The recalled eggs include the brands: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.
 
The date codes for the eggs range from 136 to 225 with the plant numbers P1026, P1413 and P1946. The numbers are located at the end of the carton. The plant number begins with the letter P followed by the date code.  Anyone who has these eggs should not use them and should return them to the store for a full refund.
In addition to the bad eggs, at least two Southern Californians have been sickened by tainted mamey pulp. The affected mamey pulp is sold in a 14 oz package produced by the Goya brand with a UPC number of 041331090803.  Consumers are advised to throw out any unused mamey pulp.
 
Symptoms of salmonella generally begin 12 to 72 hours after a tainted food is eaten. The symptoms include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, vomiting, chills, headache and muscle pains. The symptoms last about four to seven days, and then go away without specific treatment in healthy people.
 
Elderly, infants, and people with impaired immune systems may develop a more serious and potentially deadly form of the illness. This form requires medical attention and treatment with antibiotics.
 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) track food borne illnesses. In 2007, the CDC recorded more than 21,000 illnesses in about 1,100 outbreaks in 48 states and Puerto Rico. There were 18 deaths from food poisoning. However, the CDC believes that only about 5% of all food borne illnesses are ever reported. They estimate that 87 million cases of food-borne illness occur in the United States each year, including 371,000 hospitalizations and 5,700 preventable deaths.
 
When manufacturers, growers, restaurateurs and retailers are negligent in ensuring proper food handling and hygiene, they may be considered liable when their tainted food is consumed by the public. If you or a family member has suffered from severe food poisoning in Orange County, you may be wondering about your legal rights. The Orange county personal injury lawyers at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie may be able to help. For more information, contact Allen, flatt, Ballidis and Leslie at 1-866-981-5596.
 
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