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Listeria Outbreak Responsible for Several Food Recalls

Earlier this month, several batches of contaminated produce were identified by various prepared food manufacturers, resulting in a number of widespread food recalls across the United States. One recent article by the New York Times indicates that a total of three people have lost their lives due to contracting Listeria from the contaminated produce and food products containing the contaminated produce.

spinach-933499-m 2Evidently, the outbreak has been linked to Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas manufacturing facilities. The following brands and items have been recalled since the beginning of the recall:

  • Blue Bell Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla pull-tab ice cream cups;
  • Amy’s Organic vegetable lasagna, tofu scramble, enchilada verde, and other products containing spinach;
  • Rising Moon Organics garlic and veggie spinach, Florentine and spinach, and cheese ravioli; and
  • Wegman’s organic packaged spinach.

This is not necessarily a complete list of all the recalled products. As time goes on, more and more companies seem to be identifying potentially contaminated products. For an up-to-date list of all recalled products, check the federal government’s food-recall website.

Food Recalls and Serious Illness in Georgia

Several times each year, a batch of contaminated produce makes its way into grocery stores, potentially poisoning hundreds of thousands of people. In some cases involving contaminated food products, the worst one can expect is a few hours of nausea and discomfort. However, in more serious cases the food-borne illness can result in serious injury or even death. In the more serious cases, the injured party may wish to seek compensation for what they have been put through.

Holding the Responsible Party Accountable in Product Recalls

When a company markets and sells food that has been approved by the FDA, they are making an implied guarantee that the food is safe to consume. If that is not the case, they may be held liable for any injuries that are caused as a result of the ingestion of their products. In Georgia, this kind of lawsuit can be brought as either a product-liability action or as a traditional negligence action, depending on the specific facts of the case. If you have recently been the victim of contaminated food, consult with a dedicated personal injury attorney to see if you may have a cause of action against the manufacturer.

Are You in Need of an Attorney?

If you or a loved one has recently suffered from a food-borne illness that you believe was due to contaminated food, you may be entitled to monetary damages to help you cover the costs of your medical bills, missed work, and potentially compensation for your pain and suffering. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Miller Legal Services have years of experience holding negligent defendants accountable for their actions. To learn more, and to speak to a dedicated Georgia personal injury attorney about your options, call 770-284-3727 to set up a free initial consultation today.

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