1.8 Million Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled
A ground beef recall involving more than 1.8 million pounds of product was announced earlier this week after more than 11 people reported being sickened by the tainted meat.
According to USDA officials, the beef was tainted by E. Coli, sparking a Class I recall. The 11 reports of sickness were reported in four different states, all the recall may be more far reaching, authorities announced.
The tainted meat was initially reported among restaurants, serving the ground beef but was later tied to the manufacturer. Although officials had previously believed the tainted beef may have merely reached select restaurants, they are now suspecting that the beef may have reached grocers and stores serving consumers.
Tainted Meat: Who is at Risk?
Recalls are often linked to reports of sickness and death, highlighting some of the problems that may be associated with standards and manufacturing long before meat is ever released and sold to consumers. But despite information that may point to food contamination, in some situations, reports of illness are what spark recalls, leaving hundreds of people at risk and pulling product long after it has affected consumers.
While some people may not experience serious side effects or illness as a result of consuming tainted meat or contaminated food, those with particularly weak or vulnerable immune systems are at risk for serious sickness and even death. Unfortunately, children and elderly are specifically vulnerable to the adverse side effects of E. Coli and Salmonella.
Although the government has created standards and methods of inspecting meat manufacturers and plants producing food, holding companies responsible for the death, loss and injury to loved ones and ourselves is vital to provoking change and preventing continued delinquency that can lead to future contamination and accompanying injuries and death.
What should I do if I suspect contaminated food made me sick?
One of the most important things a consumer can do if they suspect a bad product or contaminated food has injured them or made them or a loved one ill, is keep the suspected product. Throwing away a contaminated product can make it difficult to track that good to the source of the outbreak or problem and make it even more difficult to prove contamination and related illness.
At The Carlson Law Firm, our team of contaminated food lawyers, registered nurses, investigators and experienced paralegals have the resources and knowledge to help clients affected by food recalls and tainted goods answer important questions while seeking fair compensation for resulting sickness and death. We care. We can help.
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