Grilled Chicken Cesar Salad Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination
A California company recalled 77,688 pounds of Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kits due to possible Salmonella contamination. While no illnesses have yet been reported, the safety precaution is necessary as the kits contain dressing with cilantro that has been recalled by the Food and Drug Administration for being exposed to Salmonella.
Real Mex Foods of Vernon, California voluntarily recalled the salad kits after the supplier of the cilantro, Fresco Green Farms, Inc., was asked to recall its product by the FDA. The products in question are the El Torito Grilled Chicken Cesar Salad Kits which were produced between July 23, 2012 and August 16, 2012. They were sent to retail establishments throughout California. The salad kits come in 36 ounce trays and 18 pounds cases that contain eight 36 ounce trays.
Salmonella is a common but serious food-borne illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 42,000 cases are reported each year, but it is estimated that even more people become ill from Salmonella as the less severe cases are not reported. Healthy adults who become infected with Salmonella may experience diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within a couple days of infection. Most people recover after a few days without needing serious medical care, although some cases of Salmonella infection can be very serious.
Those most at risk for serious Salmonella infection are elderly people, infants, and adults with compromised immune systems. In some instances, the Salmonella infection can enter the bloodstream, and antibiotics are necessary. Small children are the most at risk to contract Salmonella. In fact, according to the CDC, children under five years old are more likely to become infected than any other age group.
Although most people recover easily from Salmonella, in some cases it can be quite dangerous. It is imperative that any food products that have been exposed to Salmonella be taken off of the market. Food producers and packaging plants have a responsibility to produce the cleanest, safest food on the market. If you have become seriously ill as the result of eating contaminated food, you should contact an experienced food poisoning injury attorney.