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Meat and Poultry Items Recalled After Listeria Scare

Meat and Poultry Items Recalled After Listeria Scare

A Wisconsin company is recalling thousands of meat and poultry salad products after learning that diced onions the products contain were recalled by the FDA for possible Listeria contamination. No illnesses have been reported.

Milwaukee-based Garden Fresh Foods is voluntarily recalling 13,600 pounds of product including Garden Fresh Chicken Salad and Weis Ham Salad. After being notified by Gill Onions that the diced onions used in the meat salads were subject to a recall, Garden Fresh Foods recalled products from the shelves.

These products were produced between July 10 and July 16, 2012, and were distributed nationwide. For a complete list of the products as well as identifying product numbers, read more at the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service website: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_051_2012_Release/index.asp

Listeria contamination can be very dangerous. Caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, which is found in soil and water and can linger in a factory for years, Listeria is particularly dangerous to pregnant women, newborns, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.

While pregnant women may only experience mild flu-like symptoms, Listeria infection can be deadly for an unborn child. Listeria in a pregnant mother can cause a miscarriage or stillborn baby, premature delivery, or a life-threatening illness in a newborn baby. Elderly people or those with a compromised immune system who are exposed to Listeria can become severely ill with septicemia and meningitis. Septicemia is a whole-body blood infection, and meningitis is a swelling of the brain characterized by high fever and headache. Both can be deadly.

The average adult who is exposed to Listeria, however, may only experience minor symptoms. Fever, muscle ache, and headache are the most common symptoms, with some people also experiencing a stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. Learn more about Listeriosis by visiting the CDC website.

Sometimes, Listeria contamination is the direct result of improper food handling by a food processor or packaging plant. In the case of the Garden Fresh Foods recall, it appears the possible contamination is a direct result of the diced onions from Gill Onions. If there are any serious cases of illness associated with these food products, and investigation into Gill Onions’ safety practices will probably be necessary.

If you or a loved one became seriously ill after consuming food contaminated with Listeria, you may be able to pursue a claim for negligence if your food was handled improperly at a manufacturing or packaging plant, or even a grocery store or restaurant. You should contact a food poisoning lawyer right away if you believe you have become ill from contaminated food.

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