Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling more than 25,000 pounds of ground beef over concerns that it might be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. According to a report in the Denver Post, the ground beef items were produced Aug. 16. Cargill is recalling 10-pound chubs of beef, which the company says, have been shipped to warehouses in California and Colorado.
The chubs are usually repackaged and distributed to retailers. The issue was discovered Aug. 22 during a record review. The company then notified the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the issue. Company officials say they don’t know of any illnesses associated with the products so far.
How Does E. Coli Affect You?
E-coli is one of the most common kind of bacteria found in food and water. However, it can be deadly as well. The symptoms of E. coli infections might vary from person to person. But, they include fever, severe stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea, which is often bloody. Young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to these infections.
Around 5 to 10 percent of those who are diagnosed with an E. coli infection develop a potentially life-threatening complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome or HUS. Clues that a person is developing HUS include decreased frequency of urination, fatigue, losing pink color in cheeks and inside the lower eyelids. Those with HUS should be hospitalized right away because they could develop serious health complications including kidney failure. It could even prove fatal.
If You Have been Sickened
If you or a loved one has been sickened as a result of E. coli poisoning, it is important that you get prompt medical attention, care and treatment. Food manufacturers have a duty to produce items that are safe for consumers. And when they fail to do so, they can be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. Victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, cost of diagnosis, hospitalization, pain and suffering, permanent injuries and emotional distress.
Contact an experienced California food poisoning lawyer who will be able to help you seek and obtain maximum compensation for the damages and losses you have sustained. The best personal injury law firms always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.