Salmonella poisoning is a life-threatening food poisoning caused by eating foods contaminated with the salmonella bacteria. The bacteria can cause severe illness and hospitalization.
If you or a loved one has been affected by salmonella poisoning, seek medical help and contact us immediately. Our attorneys are investigating recent outbreaks of salmonella and providing legal consultation for food poisoning victims. For a FREE case evaluation, call (877) 878-6069 now.
2018 “Summer of Salmonella” Outbreak
In July 2018, several popular food products were recalled in a major salmonella scare.
Consumers were shocked to find that their favorite snacks and cereals – often bought for children, the most vulnerable and defenseless among us – might actually contain the salmonella bacteria.
Potentially contaminated whey powder, an ingredient often used in shelf-stable dry foods, led to mass recalls for Honey Smacks cereal and Ritz Crackers. Pepperidge Farms is also recalling four types of Goldfish Crackers, impacting more than 3.3 million packages in the U.S.
Symptoms of Salmonella Food Poisoning
Symptoms of salmonella food poisoning include:
- Abdominal Cramps
- Blood in the Stool
Pregnant women, young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are more likely to suffer more serious illnesses as a result of salmonella contamination. Vegetables, meat, dairy products and processed foods can be contaminated with the bacteria.
Causes of Salmonella Food Poisoning
Most salmonella infections are caused by eating foods contaminated by feces. The most commonly infected foods are:
- Raw meat, poultry, and seafood. Feces may get onto raw meat and poultry during the butchering process. Seafood may be contaminated if harvested from contaminated water.
- Raw eggs. While an egg’s shell may seem to be a perfect barrier to contamination, some infected chickens produce eggs that contain salmonella before the shell is even formed. Raw eggs are used in homemade versions of mayonnaise and hollandaise sauce.
- Fruits and vegetables. Some fresh produce, especially imported varieties, may be hydrated in the field or washed during processing with water contaminated with salmonella. Contamination also can occur in the kitchen, when juices from raw meat and poultry come into contact with uncooked foods such as salads.
Get the Help You Deserve
Most cases of food poisoning in the U.S. are caused by contamination by salmonella, listeria or E. Coli bacteria. It’s important to seek medical attention for suspected food poisoning. Consumers also have legal rights when it comes to food safety.
The experienced food safety attorneys at Cory Watson have recovered more than $2.7 billion for clients. Don’t wait to reach out – call today at (877) 878-6069 or fill out an online form for your FREE legal consultation.