California-based Bolthouse Farms has issued a recall for 5,600 cases of 16-ounce Carrot Chips due to food poisoning concerns. According to a news report in Examiner.com, salmonella was detected in the products during routine testing by a health official.
So far, Bolthouse Farms, whose headquarters is based in Santa Monica, has not received any reports of illnesses or hospitalizations as a result of these potentially contaminated products.
The carrot chips were shipped to retailers in United States and Canada. Consumers who purchased the Bolthouse Farms Carrot Chips are urged not to eat them and return the product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund. For more information, please contact Bolthouse Farms at 1-866-535-3774.
Statistics and Symptoms Relating to Salmonella Poisoning
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are about 1.4 million cases of salmonella food poisoning nationwide each year. However, only 40,000 of those cases are annually reported. CDC reports also show that of all the types of food poisoning, salmonella poisoning leads to the highest rate of hospitalizations.
The most common symptoms of salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps or pain, diarrhea, fever, chills and muscle pains. If the salmonella strain proves resistant to medication, it could result in serious long-term health complications or even death. Salmonella usually affects the very young, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms may surface between 12 and 72 hours after the infection.
If your food poisoning case occurred due to negligence on the part of the manufacturer or producer, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Injured victims, in such types of incidents, can seek damages to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Those who have been sickened by contaminated food would be well advised to isolate the food and have it tested in a lab for the source of contamination.
Victims should file a report with their local health care agency. It would also be in their best interests to make use of the free consultation offered by many of the experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyers, who have successfully handled prior food poisoning cases.