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Major Food Company Recalls Turkey Contaminated with Salmonella

Our Chicago food poisoning attorneys understand just how serious injuries from contaminated foods can be. Last month, the Minnesota food company Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey due to a salmonella outbreak in the facility. This month, the story is the same: Cargill has just recalled an additional 185,000 pounds of ground turkey for the same reason.

Although Cargill representatives have insisted that this month’s recall is voluntary, according to the Los Angeles Times, as of this past August, the strain of salmonella causing the meat recall has led to 111 illnesses in 31 states, and at least one death.

Nevertheless, the initial recall was prompted by reports of consumers becoming ill after eating the product, whereas the withdrawal of the turkey from the market this month happened after Cargill’s own test results indicated that the product was still contaminated.

The meat recalled was produced in Cargill’s Arkansas plant, but the turkey was shipped all across the country. Federal health officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are claiming that the strain giving rise to this month’s recall is the same salmonella strain that instigated the retraction last month. Cargill has stopped production until the source of the salmonella can be found and the problem can be cured.

The meat recalled from stores included both fresh and frozen turkey under the brand names Honeysuckle White, HEB and Kroger, and packages include a label with the establishment number P-963 inside the USDA mark of inspection. Cargill is urging consumers who have purchased packages of the recalled meat to return them to the stores at which they were bought, for a full refund.

Every year, approximately 40,000 cases of food poisoning by salmonella are reported in the United States. Young children, older adults, and persons with impaired immune systems are most likely to suffer from salmonella infection, and are also most prone to have severe symptoms. Salmonella poisoning may cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain. Although some people are able to recover without extensive medical treatment, for others diarrhea and dehydration may cause the individual to require hospitalization. A doctor can provide a diagnosis with regard to whether an individual has been contaminated by salmonella.

Food poisoning by salmonella may lead to serious injury, hospitalizations, pain and suffering, or even death. Victims may be able to seek compensation by way of an Illinois personal injury lawsuit against the company disseminating the product. In cases where food poisoning leads to death, the family of the victim may be able to bring a claim for wrongful death, loss of companionship of the deceased family member, and the loss of wages that the victim would have otherwise contributed to his or her family’s well-being.

Our Illinois personal injury attorneys understand how devastating food-borne illnesses can be, and have extensive experience in helping victims achieve justice. Our attorneys won a $4 millions settlement for three convention attendees who contracted salmonella poisoning that led to crippling arthritic injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of food poisoning, an attorney may be able to help you understand your rights.