Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Popular Health Food Chia Seeds

Health food has been all the craze lately, as we have witnessed a rise in fitness and nutrition among not only Chicagoans, but nationwide. It seems people are putting more and more effort and time into knowing and understanding what they eat and how it affects that body. With that being said, it is unfortunate when people are so diligent about their health and fitness that popular nutrition foods have been found culprit of carrying salmonella and causing injury and sickness to those same health-conscious people.

According to recent reports by Food Safety News, chia seeds have been found to be infected with salmonella across the nation. As of lately, chia seeds have been an increasingly popular health food item and are popular on health shows, magazines, and social media. Before people jump into this trend though, they need to be aware and ensure their seeds haven’t been on the list of recalled products that have or may be contaminated with salmonella, such as those produced by Navitas Naturals. Since May alone, there have been over 65 cases of salmonella infections in 12 U.S. states and in Canada linked to chia seeds products. A total of eight people have been hospitalized as well. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is the first time that chia seeds have been found to transmit salmonella.

Unfortunately salmonella is all too common of a problem existing within our local restaurants and grocery stores unbeknownst to innocent consumers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonella causes approximately 1.2 million illnesses nationwide in the United States every year. This number includes 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths. Typical symptoms include fever, diarrhea, and abdominal pain within 12 to 72 hours after infection and lasting between four to seven days. At times, this infection can spread from the intestines to the blood stream and other locations in the both, which can cause serious injury or death.

Food poisoning doesn’t just come from salmonella either. Unfortunately, there are other types of pathogenic causes of foodborne illnesses from the foods we obtain from grocery stores and restaurants. These include E. coli, norovirus, listeria, clostridium perfrigens, and Hepatitis A. Those at highest risk of serious injury or death are the elderly, infants, and those who suffer from chronic illness or compromised immune systems. Those who do suffer injury from food poisoning may be able to hold the source of the illness, such as the grocery store or food brand, liable for their suffering, medical bills, and injuries through a lawsuit. Our attorneys are experienced in handling food poisoning lawsuits, and have settled cases on behalf of food poisoning victims, including a $4 million of behalf of convention attendees who contracted salmonella that led to crippling injuries. If you have or someone you love has suffered from dangerous and contaminated food, our lawyers may be able to help you. Call our firm today for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your potential case with you.

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