Who doesn’t love the smell of spices simmering on the stove in a freshly made pasta sauce? Or the smell of Italian seasons wafting from the oven as a pizza bakes inside? The first bite of freshly made spices with an eclectic variety is the best taste too. We anticipate that dish that we spent a great deal of time and preparation on to be exquisite too, with its delicious aroma and bouquet of seasonings. However, with all the work and preparation people put into gourmet foods, chances are that they did not prepare these entrees with a side of salmonella and food poisoning.
As many food-lovers know, oregano is a popular spice for many loved dishes. It’s commonly found in pastas, sauces, and as a seasoning for meats. It’s a staple in many home spice cabinets as is the popular brand McCormick. However, recent news from Baltimore Business Journal has relayed that McCormick spice company has recalled their oregano for salmonella contamination. Under a voluntary recall, the company is recalling 74,000 bottles of ground oregano. The bottles at issue will be the 0.75 ounce bottles with Universal Product Code of 0-52365106 and contain best-buy dates of August 21st and August 22nd. The potentially contaminated bottles were shipped to 41 states across the country and internationally between April 4th and August 5th. McCormick became aware of the contamination after a routine inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Salmonella is a type of food borne illness that can cause serious injuries to those who become infected. According to the Mayo Clinic, salmonella infections are often classified as gastroenteritis as it is a bacterial disease that infects the intestinal tract. Possible symptoms of salmonella include nausea, abdominal cramps, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, headache, and blood in stool. The infection is often caused when through contaminated water or food or when one consumes raw or undercooked meat or egg products. The symptoms of salmonella can last between four to seven days, but it can take those who have suffered from it several months before their bowels return to normal.
The Mayo Clinic explains several causes for salmonella, including when the infection is correlated to spices. Several salmonella outbreaks have been traced to contaminants existing in spices. Currently, the federal agency is still actively seeking ways to increase safety regarding spices. Sometimes, certain fruits and vegetables can become contaminated when they are hydrated in the field and washed during processing with water that is contaminated with salmonella. Contamination of greens can also occur in company kitchens, when meat or uncooked foods can come in contact. Furthermore, many foods and leafy greens can be contaminated when those who handle them do not wash their hands thoroughly after using the bathroom.
Our attorneys understand that food poisoning is a serious issue and can cause victims injuries, hospitalization, and even death. Those affected by food poisoning may be able to obtain compensation through a personal injury or product liability lawsuit. If you have suffered from food poisoning, it is best to seek the help of a legal professional as soon as possible. We have experience representing clients who have suffered from food poisoning such as salmonella, including a $4 million settlement obtained for three convention attendees who contracted salmonella. We would be happy to speak to you about your legal options in a free consultation, so give us a call today.