Deep River Snacks is recalling some of its potato chips over concern that an ingredient that is used in the seasoning may contain traces of salmonella bacteria. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the company has said it is recalling three lots of Sour Cream & Onion Kettle Chips out of an abundance of caution after being told by a supplier that buttermilk powder used in the flavoring of the popular snacks may have been contaminated.
Deep River says no pathogenic bacteria have been found in any of its ingredients or snack products and no adverse health effects stemming from the possible salmonella contamination have been reported. The recalled products were sold nationally through retail and food service outlets and include only the sour cream and onion flavored chips. Those who bought the recalled products are advised to stop using them and contact the company at (860) 434-7347.
Salmonella Dangers and Symptoms
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1.2 million illnesses and approximately 450 deaths occur due salmonella infections each year in the United States. Some of the most common symptoms of a salmonella infection include sudden onset of diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea, vomiting and headache.
The diarrhea may last for several days leading to potentially severe dehydration. Even after clinical symptoms are no longer obvious, salmonella bacteria may be found in the stool for several weeks. Sometimes, salmonella infection can spread to urine, blood, bones, joints, the brain or the nervous system. Some of these infections could have long-term health effects.
If You Have Been Affected
If you are experiencing symptoms of salmonella or any type of food poisoning, it is important that you receive prompt medical attention. Insist that the hospital or doctor run tests to determine if you have suffered food poisoning. Isolate the food that sickened you. However, you may want to preserve the suspect food so you can have it tested independently in a laboratory for the presence of pathogens. Report your illness to the local healthcare agency, which tracks outbreaks relating to food-borne illnesses.
It would also be in your best interest to contact an experienced Los Angeles food poisoning lawyer who will fight hard to protect your rights and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses. Victims of food poisoning may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization and pain and suffering.