Listeria, the common name given to the bacterium listeria monocytogenes, is the common cause of the foodborne illness, listeriosis. Listeria has been found in several food products, leading to several Listeria food recalls. Recalls in the past year alone include potato products, dairy items, and even smoked salmon. Most recently, in June, Imperial-European style smoked salmon, marketed under the “I Love NY”? brand to wholesalers in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana due to the high risk that it may be contaminated with bacteria that could cause a life threatening listeria infection. The FDA has warned consumers of theses risks and to avoid consuming any of the fish. People infected with Listeria from these and other listeria recalls may be able to bring a listeria lawsuit.
Reported Listeria Lawsuit Recoveries
The food company, Maple Leaf Foods, a Toronto-based producer of deli meats, suffered a Listeriosis outbreak in 2008 and, as a result, close to 10,000 claims were filed against the company. In total, Maple Leaf reached a $27 million settlement in class action listeria lawsuits resulting from the outbreak. Maple Leaf has also agreed to pay up to $125,000 to those with serious and long-lasting injuries. Approximately $120,000 will go to the estates of those who died from the outbreak.
Listeria Side Effects
Blood tests are usually required to diagnose Listeriosis, which can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms of Listeria, which may also be injuries for which damages are recoverable in a listeria lawsuit, include:
- muscle aches
- stiff neck
- loss of balance and