Aug 3 2012 0

What is Lurking in Your Food?

Recently, the government recalled 29,339 pounds of ground beef due to suspicions of salmonella contamination. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service ordered the recall from the Cargrill Meat Solutions Corporation. As yet, no injuries have been reported by the Cargrill contaminated meat. However, salmonella poisoning can cause serious illness in healthy adults – it can even be fatal to young children and the elderly. Every year, about 142,000 Americans are infected with Salmonella enteritidis and about 30 of those die.

When you purchase food or order a meal at a restaurant, you don’t expect to get sick. In fact, food distributors and restaurants are legally required to provide food safe for human consumption. Salmonella can infect meat contaminated by feces. Salmonella often enters raw meat and poultry during the butchering process. It can also infect fruits, vegetables and eggs. Some other sources of infection include:

Poor kitchen hygiene
Excretions from infected animals and humans
Polluted surface water
Improperly thawed meat
Contact with reptiles

If you are experiencing nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, muscle pains or blood in your stool, you may be suffering from salmonella poisoning. The individual or company who sold you the contaminated food may be held liable for your illness. Contact an Oklahoma products liability attorney if you believe you have been infected with salmonella.

Every year, individuals and families file lawsuits against food companies, restaurants and grocery stores because they were sold unsafe food. If you have been infected with a foodborne illness or food contaminate, you deserve compensation. Call an injury attorney in Oklahoma City to learn more about your rights as a consumer.

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