• Romaine Lettuce Subject of National Food Recall

    Romaine Lettuce | Food RecallThe summer of 2018 marks one of the most dangerous seasons in recent history when it comes to food poisoning and food recalls. The latest incident involves chopped romaine lettuce found in numerous salad and wrap products at popular food outlets and grocery stores.

     

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, wraps and salads sold by some of the country’s most popular stores, including Walgreens Trade Joe’s and Kroger, may be contaminated with a parasite known as cyclospora which, if consumed, can cause significant intestinal illness. The agency is warning the public not to buy specific beef, pork, and poultry salad and wrap items after receiving “notification from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine that is used to manufacture some of their salads and wraps was being recalled.” The product is distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis. A similar recall was announced in May and involved McDonald’s salads. Those incidents were also related to Fresh Express romaine lettuce.

     

    If you think you might have purchased products involved in the recall, the USDA is suggesting that you dispose of them or return them to the store where you purchased them immediately Products that are involved are marked with “Best By,” “Enjoy By,” Best if Sold By,” or “Sell By” dates between July 18th and July 23rd.  Those who ate the products are at risk for symptoms for up to two weeks after eating the products, which means that people who did consume the products are still within the incubation period and may still experience symptoms.

     

    Cyclospora can be mild or severe. Its symptoms include diarrhea, explosive bowel movements, loss of appetite and stomach cramps. People who have been infected by the parasite may also get headaches, fever, vomiting, body aches and flu-like symptoms. The illness, officially known as cyclosporiasis, is treated with antibiotics.

     

    Food distributors have a responsibility to make sure that the food that they sell to consumers is safe. In the face of the recent food contaminations, illnesses and recalls, those who have been harmed have a right to pursue the companies responsible for compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and other injuries. If you have been affected by food poisoning and want to know how we can help, contact us today to set up an appointment for a consultation.

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