The number of food poisoning cases relating to salmonella-tainted cases has risen to more than 1,000, according to an Associated Press news report. Two Iowa farms that have jointly recalled over half a billion eggs, for potential salmonella contamination, have connections to a supplier, who apparently has a history of health, safety, animal welfare and employment violations over the years. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the number of illnesses estimated as high as 1,300, is expected to grow even higher. Read the rest »
As California personal injury lawyersand consumer attorneys, BISNAR | CHASE has been a staunch supporter of consumer rights and organizations such as Public Citizen that have championed the cause of auto safety and consumer rights. They have fought against corporate greed and inadequate government safety regulation. Robert Weissman was recently named president of Public Citizen. Weissman succeeds Joan Claybrook, who, for the last 27 years, had served at the helm of the organization.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement on June 22, 2009 warning consumers about salmonella-contaminated pistachios that were packed and distributed from a plant in Anaheim. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, FDA issued a food-borne illness alert cautioning consumers not to eat California Prime Produce and Orange County Orchards brands of pistachios repacked by Orca Distribution West Inc. located in Orange County. Orca reportedly received and repacked pistachios recalled by California-based Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc.
Federal officials believe that these pistachios may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. The contamination was found after FDA inspectors visited Orca as part of their audit checks to follow up on Setton’s product recall. Although Orca repacked and distributed products subject to Setton Pistachio’s recall, Orca had not made a public announcement regarding the products, which is why the FDA issued the news alert to warn consumers. These recalled products were apparently distributed to retail locations in airports and hotels nationwide. The California Prime Produce and Orange County Orchards brands of pistachios were packaged in clear 6-ounce flexible plastic Ziploc bags, UPC Number: 8 10826011162 with Sell By Dates of 7/30/09 and 8/30/09. Consumers who have bought these salmonella-tainted pistachios are urged not to eat them. Read the rest »
Nestle has voluntarily recalled all varieties of its popular brand of prepackaged and refrigerated Toll House Cookie Dough due to the risk of contamination with E. Coli 0157:H7 bacteria that cause serious food-borne illnesses. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, through an alert, is warning consumers who have any of these cookie dough products in their home to discard them. Cooking the dough is not recommended because consumers can still become sick by getting the bacteria on their hands and other cooking surfaces. Read the rest »