Multiple Outbreaks of Foodborne Illnesses Underway

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According to federal health officials, at least six multistate foodborne illness outbreaks are currently underway. In addition, there have been a number of food recalls due to potential illnesses, even though no illnesses have been reported from those products. Officials are urging consumers to stay away from certain food products.

McDonald’s salads have been a big source of intestinal illness in multiple states, and in those states the company has quit selling the salads. Almost 400 cases have been confirmed in 15 states. The illness can be treated with antibiotics. In addition to the salads, more than two dozen types of salads and wraps have been recalled because of lettuce from the same batch that was blamed for the McDonald’s salad outbreak.

Raw turkey has also been linked to an outbreak of salmonella in 26 states. However, no recall has been issued because health officials have not been able to identify a brand, supplier, or product as the source of the outbreak. Those who became ill have reported eating different types and brands of turkey purchased from different locations. Officials believe the outbreak may be widespread throughout the turkey industry.

In addition to the raw turkey and lettuce recalls, multiple packaged foods have been recalled. Honey Smacks, certain brands of Swiss rolls, some types of Ritz cracker sandwiches, some Goldfish crackers, and one type of Hungry Man frozen dinner have all been recalled because of various contaminants. Several of these products have been recalled because of contaminated whey powder.

It’s important to keep up with food recalls. If you have become ill because of a contaminated food, you should speak with an attorney. You may have a potential cause of action against the company that sickened you. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on LinkedIn to learn more.

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