Our Chicago food poisoning attorneys recently learned of a new food recall. According to a report on CNN this week, the Chicago-based food company, Vita Food Products, is recalling more than 8,000 packages of its smoked salmon as a result of contamination. The recall specifically targets the Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon, which the company says may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria monocytogenes is a food poisoning bacteria that causes a condition called Listerosis. Listeriosis affects mainly pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with lowered immune systems. When pregnant women are infected with Listeria monocytogenes the infection can result in premature delivery, miscarriages, or stillbirth. Additionally, if a pregnant woman is exposed to contaminated food during pregnancy, the child can be born with Listeriosis.
The salmon packages were sold across the country, to different chains of grocery stores in multiple states. According to CNN, grocery stores that are known to have received the salmon include Publix in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida; Safeway in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and California; Genuardi’s in Pennsylvania, and New Jersey; and Winn Dixie in Florida. Nevertheless, Vita Food Products is a Chicago-based company, and the enormous range of distribution may mean that other grocery stores have contaminated packages.
Although no cases of infection have been reported to date, symptoms of Listerosis include fever, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, and other flu-like symptoms. If the bacteria is allowed to spread to the central nervous system, the individual may experience symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or even convulsions.
A doctor will be able to diagnose if you have been infected with Listerosis, but if you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries as result of having been exposed to contaminated foods, our Chicago personal injury attorneys may be able to help you determine your rights. Our Illinois food poisoning lawyers have the skill, knowledge, and experience to fight for your rights.