A leading vegetable supplier in California recently issues a recall for products that were potentially contaminated with listeria, a potentially harmful bacteria. The recall affects vegetable at multiple U.S. supermarkets, including Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Meijer, and Whole Foods. Thus far, no illnesses have been linked to the products.
The problem with the foods was discovered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency through random sampling. The affected items were listed as “best if used by” October 11 through October. Experts say that the products should be returned to the store at which they were purchased, rather than being consumed.
Listeria is somewhat rare, with only 1,600 people in the U.S. being infected with listeria each year. About 260 of those people die. Those with weakened immune systems, those who are very young or elderly, and pregnant women are at a greater risk of death. Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable – they are 10 times more likely than other people to become infected with listeria. The bacteria can be passed on to the fetus.
The good news is that this latest outbreak has not infected anyone. If a company sells a product, it is responsible for any illnesses or injuries caused by that product, which means compensating the victim for damages. That can include compensation for medical expenses, time missed from work, pain and suffering, and more.
If you are in the Houston area and you have been harmed by a product manufactured and sold by a company, you have legal rights. Call the Houston product recall attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.