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In the News: Food Safety and Recalls in Illinois

In this day in age, food safety is a major problem as the rate of food poisoning has climbed dramatically in the United States. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in six Americans get sick from consuming contaminated foods or drinks.

CDC also reports that, each year, nearly 48 million people become sick from foodborne illness. Of these, 128,000 are hospitalized while 3,000 die. CDC further maintains that an excess of 250 different foodborne diseases have been identified, some of these being highly poisonous!

A lot of times this is due to the negligent conduct, poor sanitation practices, or chemical contamination of food manufacturers and retailers. In the midst of this hoopla, it is important to keep track of food recalls to best safeguard yourself from illness or injury.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) lists a number of food recalls, market withdrawals and safety alerts. It is important that you are aware of the items on the FDA’s list. You can access said list by clicking here.

If you sustain food poison, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important that you retain an experienced personal injury lawyer to assist you through the complex legal process.

BREAKING: Salmonella prompts an Illinois Shrimp Recall

Recently, According to Food Safety News, Salmonella contamination prompted a Northern Illinois company, Censea Inc., to issue a recall on frozen shrimp, specifically, the “A-PAC brand headless shell on black tiger shrimp”. The shrimp subject to this recall was imported here from Vietnam, evidenced Salmonella and was found to not be ready to eat. This particular shrimp can be identified by the date code 36009V.

The Illinois Company, Censea Inc., urges people in possession of this shrimp to discard it, but safe proof of purchase information, such as a receipt, and then to contact Censeas for a full refund.   

When do Recalls on Food Occur?

According to FoodSafety.gov, food may be recalled when there is reason to believe that a particular food may cause its consumers to become sick. Food manufacturers, distributors and sometimes even the government, issue food recalls. These recalls work to pull the food from the market in hopes of preventing its consumption.

As you can imagine, there are several reasons to recall food. Per FoodSafety.gov, these reasons include, but are not limited to:

  •      The finding of an organism in a food product that may cause its consumer to become sick;
  •      The finding of a possible allergen in a food product; and
  •      The mislabeling or misbranding of a food product. For instance, when all of the food’s ingredients do not appear on the food’s label.

Hire an Attorney for your Case

If you or your loved one became seriously ill, or injured, after consuming food, you may be entitled to compensation. To help establish your case and to boost your chances of receiving adequate compensation, it is imperative that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney. The personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti have the skill and experience needed to aggressively represent you. Call us today at (312) 332-2872 or toll free (877) 374-1417 to schedule a FREE consultation.

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