Listeria is the name for the disease causing bacterium listeria monocytogenes. It is most commonly found in soil, stream water, sewage, plants, and food. Animals are also listeria carriers as they can easily come into contact with listeria since it is found in grazing areas, stale water and poorly prepared animal feed. Vegetables can be contaminated with listeria through soil. People who become sick from listeria may have legal rights against food processors or restaurants for failing to properly handle and wash food, and therefore, should consider contacting a listeria lawyer.
Listeria is a foodborne illness that, when ingested, causes the infection known as listeriosis. Because of its unusual growth capabilties, listeria may be transferred in common ready-to-eat foods even though properly refrigerated. Approximately 2,500 illnesses and 500 deaths are caused by listeria in the United States each year. Common symptoms of Listeria include:
- muscle aches
- stiff neck
- loss of balance
Who is at Risk?
Certain segments of the population need to be more aware of the risks of Listeria, particularly those with depressed immune systems. Women who are pregnant fall into this category. Pregnant women are 20 times more likely than healthy adults to contract listeriosis. Other persons with weakened immune systems, such as transplant patients, cancer victims, fetuses, and newborns, are at a greater risk for listeriosis. These populations may be significantly injured from Listeria poisoning and should contact a Listeria lawyer for Listeria lawsuit information.
Listeria illnesses can be prevented through effective sanitizing of food and food surfaces and regular food safety maintenance. When handling food, be sure to:
- wash fruits and vegetable
- keep everything clean including hands and preparation surfaces
- keep refrigerator thermometer at 40 degrees or below
- avoid cross contamination between raw and uncooked foods
- cook foods at proper temperatures (use food thermometers) and reheat all foods until they are steaming hot (or 160 F)
Contact a Listeria Lawyer
If you or a loved on is experiencing symptoms of Listeria, contact an experienced Listeria Lawyer to see if you can pursue a Listeria Lawsuit.