Salmonella is one of the many intestinal infections that can result in sickness and deaths to millions of people in the United States every year. Salmonella infections typically occur when a person consumes food that contains the bacteria. However, it can also incur when someone ingests the feces of an infected animal or human. Those who have suffered sickness or severe illness related to salmonella should contact a Georgia product liability attorney to discuss their rights and remedies under the law.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), salmonella bacteria cause over 1.30 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and over 400 deaths in the United States every year. The vast majority of the cases are related to ingesting contaminated food. The most common sources of salmonella are under-cooked or raw eggs, milk, meat, contaminated water, and raw fruits and vegetables. Individuals who contract the bacteria may experience diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and cramping. These symptoms typically begin between 6 hours to 6 days after infection and can last up to a week. This bacteria can be deadly to vulnerable individuals, including pregnant women, young children, older adults, and those with underlying health conditions. Some people may recover without treatment, but it is essential that individuals consult with a health professional to ensure that they do not suffer complications.
According to a recent news report, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release indicating that 68 people across nine states had suffered illnesses after consuming bagged peaches. The FDA believes that the bagged peaches contained salmonella. The packaging company packed the peaches in two-pound plastic bags starting at the beginning of June. Many of the victims purchased the products at Aldis; however, the packing company stated that the peaches were sold to stores in 16 states.
Currently, the FDA is investigating how the peaches came to be contaminated. The agency explained that salmonella origin tracing is difficult because salmonella can enter at any point in the distribution chain. The bacteria could stem from the field, where the item is packaged, or from a human carrying the bacteria. The agency advised customers to discard all peaches they have at home, even ones that were purchased frozen. Additionally, consumers should discard any items they made that included peaches.
Salmonella poisoning can result in life-long debilitating illnesses and symptoms, and it is vital that victims recover compensation for their losses. After salmonella poisoning, establishing liability can be challenging, and affected individuals should contact an attorney to discuss their options.
Have You Consumed Contaminated Food in Georgia?
If you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries, illness, or death after consuming contaminated food, contact the Georgia product liability attorneys at McAleer Law. The attorneys at our office understand the importance of physical, emotional, and financial recovery after an accident. We possess the skills, knowledge, and resources to pursue claims for damages on behalf of our clients successfully. Through our representation, clients have recovered significant damages related to car and truck accidents, defective products, medical negligence and nursing home abuse. Contact our office at 404-622-5337 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at our law firm.