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Listeria Bacteria Borne Poisoning Lawsuits

Listeria | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Food Poisoning: Illness, Outbreak, Exposure | Bacteria, Contamination

Listeria is a bacterium that is found in soil, vegetation, raw milk, meat, poultry, cheeses (particularly soft mould-ripened varieties) and salad vegetables. Listeria can also be found in animals and humans. Listeria monocytogenes is a common version of the disease that can cause illness in humans. An estimated 2,500 cases of listeria occur in the U.S. each year. Approximately 200 in every 1000 cases result in death.

Listeria monocytogenes can grow at low temperatures, even in the fridge. Thorough cooking of food and pasteurisation of milk can destroy Listeria bacteria. Listeria often invades the body through a normal and intact gastrointestinal tract. Once in the body, Listeria can travel through the blood stream but the bacteria are often found inside cells where toxins are produced resulting in damaged cells.

Symptoms

The duration of Listeria symptoms too develop can take days or weeks. Symptoms can vary from mild flu-like illness to meningitis and septicaemia; and in pregnant women, abortion, miscarriage or birth of an infected child. Other people at risk are those whose immune systems are compromised, the very young and the very old. These individuals are advised to avoid certain foods, such as soft mould-ripened cheeses and pates, because the risk of infection is very high.

Pregnant women are about 20 times more likely than other healthy adults to get listeriosis; about one-third of listeriosis cases take place during pregnancy. The incidence of listeriosis in the newborn is 8.6 cases per 100,000 live births. The perinatal and neonatal mortality rate (stillbirths and early infant deaths) from listeriosis is 80%.

Treatment

There are numerous antibiotics that Listeria may be treated with. If the infection occurs during pregnancy, antibiotics given promptly to the pregnant woman can often prevent infection of the fetus. Babies with listeriosis receive the same antibiotics as adults, although a combination of antibiotics is often used until physicians are certain of the diagnosis.

Prevention

General recommendations include: thoroughly cook raw food from animal sources; keep uncooked meats separate from vegetables and from cooked and ready-to-eat foods; avoid unpasteurized (raw) milk or foods made from unpasteurized milk; wash hands, knives, and cutting boards after handling uncooked foods; wash raw vegetables thoroughly before eating; and consume perishable and ready-to-eat foods as soon as possible.

Legal Help for Victims Affected By Listeria

If you or a loved one has been infected with Listeria you may have valuable legal rights, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified diseases attorney. Or call our toll free number: 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).



 

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Nestle Recalls Ice Cream Cone Packs for Possible Listeria Contamination

Oct 20, 2016
Nestle Cone Packs Recalls Due To Possible Health Risk Nestlé USA, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of Nestlé Drumstick Club 16 count Variety Pack ice cream cones and 24 count Vanilla Pack cones (with cones marked for individual sale) due to a possible health risk. The two-pack sizes contain 4.6 fl. oz. cones. The cones were manufactured in Bakersfield, California and distributed nationally. No other production codes, sizes or varieties of Nestlé Drumstick...

Potential Listeria Contamination Prompts Kellogg to Recall Some Eggo Waffles

Sep 21, 2016
Kellogg Co. Recalling Cases Of Eggo Due to potential contamination with the bacteria listeria, Kellogg Co. is recalling roughly 10,000 cases of its Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles. The recalled products were distributed in 25 states. Kellogg says it learned of the issue through routine testing. No illnesses have been reported so far. Consumers can check to see if the 10-count packs have a "Use by" date of Nov. 21, 2017 and Nov. 22, 2017; these are the products affected by the recall....

Cambridge Farms Recalls 3 Brands of Frozen Corn Due to Listeria Scare

Aug 23, 2016
Cambridge Farms Recall Frozen Corn Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Cambridge Farms, LLC is recalling three brands of frozen corn due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Eating food contaminated with Listeria can cause serious, sometimes deadly infections in certain patient populations, including young children, frail or elderly individuals and people with compromised immune systems. Pregnant women exposed to Listeria may suffer miscarriage or still birth. In healthy...

Cambridge Farms Recalls 3 Brands of Frozen Corn Due to Listeria Scare

Aug 23, 2016
Cambridge Farms Recall Frozen Corn Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Cambridge Farms, LLC is recalling three brands of frozen corn due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Eating food contaminated with Listeria can cause serious, sometimes deadly infections in certain patient populations, including young children, frail or elderly individuals and people with compromised immune systems. Pregnant women exposed to Listeria may suffer miscarriage or still birth. In healthy...

Listeria Concerns Cause Recall of Some Honey Gourmet Snack Bars

Jul 6, 2016
Listeria Involving Honey Bars Alerts have been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to listeria concerns involving gourmet honey bars. The Honey Bunchie Gourmet Honey bars that contain SunOpta sunflower kernels may carry a health risk. Also, individuals with peanut allergens are being warned about undeclared peanut ingredients in several Frito-Lay and Kellogg products, according to Kane County Connects. Honey Bunchie, LLC is initiating a voluntary recall of a limited...

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