What is Listeria?
Listeria is a dangerous foodborne pathogen that sickens approximately 1600 people each year. Because Listeria can survive cold temperatures, Listeria outbreaks are usually associated with refrigerated ready-to-eat foods, such as pre-packaged salads. Symptoms of a Listeria infection can include:
- Muscle pain
During pregnancy, the consequences for the baby can be devastating. Food safety prevention is particularly important because asymptomatic pregnant women may Listeria infection to their unborn babies without knowing it.
According to the CDC, Hispanic women are 24 times more likely to contract Listeria infection because outbreaks are typically associated with traditional foods such as queso fresco.
“When it comes to survival skills, no other foodborne bacteria even come close to Listeria monocytogenes. Freeze it, dry it, hit it with high concentrations of salt, alcohol, acid or bile and Listeria responds with a shrug,” Food Safety said. attorney Raymond Trueblood. “That’s one of the main reasons why keeping it out of food is critical to keeping people safe.”
Listeria Lawyers investigate Fresh Express and Dole prepackaged salad outbreaks, lawsuits likely
The Pritzker Hageman Listeria Lawyers are investigating two separate Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks linked to Fresh Express and Dole prepackaged salads.
At least 10 people have been sick and one person has died in the Fresh Express outbreak. At 20 December 2021, Fresh Express has issued a recall for salads produced at its plant in Streamwood, Ill.
The Dole outbreak has sickened at least 16 people and killed two. Dole issued a recall on December 22, 2021, for salads processed in its factory in Bessemer City, North Carolina and produced in Yuma, Arizona.
Contact an experienced Listeria Lawyer in time
Food poisoning attorneys at the law firm Pritzker Hageman have represented ill clients during every major outbreak in the United States. If you or someone you know has become ill after eating Fresh Express or Dole prepackaged salads, here are the next steps to take:
- See your health care provider for a stool test.
- Contact your local health department.
- Speak to an experienced Listeria attorney as soon as possible because laws called “statute of limitations,” which vary by state, may limit the time you have to file a claim.
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