Salmonella is a bacteria often found in unclean food and unhygenically thawed poultry that can cause severe foodborne illnesses. Salmonella is the second-most common bacterial foodborne illness, and causes typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever, and salmonellosis. Approximately 30,000 cases of salmonellosis are reported yearly in the United States, and approximately 6,000 people die of salmonellosis every year. Salmonella typhi, the strain that causes typhoid fever, is uncommon in the U.S., while Salmonella enterica has been among the most frequently reported illnesses in the United States since 1993 and has been the subject of a number of Salmonella lawsuits. Salmonella often causes fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Occasionally, Salmonella bacteria can get into the bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses, such as arterial infections, infection of the lining of the heart, and arthritis. The young and elderly are particularly at risk. Salmonella lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard are currently available to review potential Salmonella lawsuits.
In July 2009, three of Kroger’s popcorn seasonings were recalled because of possible Salmonella contamination. One of the ingredients in the seasonings may have tainted the popcorn with Salmonella bacteria. Products that were the subject of the Salmonella recall were Kroger brand Popcorn Seasoning Movie Theatre Butter Flavored, Kroger brand Popcorn Seasoning White Cheddar Flavored, and Kroger brand Fat Free Butter Flavored Sprinkles. Persons who contracted Salmonella from the recalled products may have a Salmonella lawsuit.
Salmonella Pot Pie and Peanut Butter
Recently, a man who says he became violently ill after eating a Banquet pot pie filed a federal Salmonella lawsuit against ConAgra, the manufacturer of Banquet products, alleging negligence in the manufacturing process. At that time, over 270 people reported contacting salmonellosis after eating Banquet pot pies, and over 60 people were hospitalized.
A Salmonella lawsuit was also filed against the Peanut Co. of America for a Salmonella outbreak in peanut butter that resulted in 485 cases of Salmonella illness. The strain of salmonella found in the peanut butter was common in the feces of rats and birds.
If you or someone you love is experiencing Salmonella symptoms, contact your physician for proper testing. If doctors detect the presence of Salmonella bacteria in your body, you may be entitled to file a Salmonella lawsuit. If successful, a judge in a salmonella lawsuit can award a consumer punitive and compensatory damages, including lost wages, medical expenses, or pain and suffering. A consumer who thinks he or she has a potential salmonella lawsuit should preserve the potentially dangerous product for testing, as this will be the only way to prove that the infected product caused the consumer’s injury. Contact a Bernstein Liebhard Salmonella lawyer for a free Salmonella lawsuit evaluation today.