A Look at Food Product Recalls

January 11, 2017

Contact us online or call Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC at 888-777-7098 to discuss any injuries you or a loved one may have suffered from consuming an unsafe food product.  An experienced Stroudsburg personal injury attorney can help identify the responsible party and work to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Recent Food Recalls

Foodsafety.gov notes that last year, the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) collaborated with the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”), Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), and other public health officials to investigate a serious outbreak of Listeria infections.  Evidence indicates that frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods is one likely source of the outbreak.

Another investigation by public health and regulatory officials found that raw milk produced by Miller’s Organic Farm in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania was the likely source of another outbreak.  According to the CDC, at least one person in Florida died as a result of this outbreak.

These outbreaks are considered serious and you should investigate whether any frozen foods or dairy products that you may have in your home are from these producers or any other producer going through a recall.

To view recent recalls you should visit the CDC Current Outbreak List and Foodsafety.gov regularly.  Stay informed of all ongoing food recalls and if you ever have a concern about food you have purchased or eaten, contact health officials immediately – then contact our office to discuss your legal options if you have sustained injuries from such problematic food.

The Unsafe Handling of Food Products

The unsafe handling of food products can cause many serious illnesses and even death.  For example, Listeria Monocytogenes (which causes Listeriosis) is just one of the many serious injuries that can result from the improper or unsafe handling of food.

The CDC’s website states that a “person with Listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.”  The CDC says that the symptoms vary with the infected person:

  • Pregnant women: Pregnant women typically experience fever and other non-specific symptoms, such as fatigue and aches.  However, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
  • People other than pregnant women: Symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, in addition to fever and muscle aches.

What Causes Outbreaks?

Outbreaks can occur for many different reasons.  Unsanitary or poor conditions in food processing plants leads to unsafe food being produced.  Companies can fail to properly train employees, inspect equipment or keep food at appropriate temperatures.

An experienced Stroudsburg personal injury attorney can help identify how the food that hurt you or your family became contaminated and unsafe.  We can also help identify if a company’s policies or procedures were broken, such that it led to the production of the contaminated food.

Let an Attorney With Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC Help

Contact Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC at 888-777-7098 today if you or a loved one has suffered from illness or even death after consuming unsafe food.  We have the experience and resources to help identify the responsible party.

Companies that seek to make a profit from the production of food products must do so in a safe manner.  When these companies operate in an unsafe manner, they should be held accountable for the injuries they cause.