The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recalled more than 1,000 pounds of meat because they could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. According to an NBC news report, the recall involves ready-to-eat prosciutto and salami produced between September 22 and October 12. Those products were reportedly shipped to distribution centers in California, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and New York.
Investigators discovered the problem when a sample of the ready-to-eat salami product tested positive for salmonella. USDA says so far, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. The recalled products include vacuum-sealed plastic packages containing Black Kassel Piller’s Dry Aged D’Amour Salami and vacuum-sealed random weight plastic packages containing Black Kassel Piller’s Dry Aged Speck Smoked prosciutto.
Symptoms of an Infection
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), salmonella causes more than 1 million foodborne illnesses in the United States, leading to 19,000 hospitalizations and about 380 fatalities. The majority of people who are infected with salmonella develop symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after the infection. The illness typically lasts four to seven days and most individuals recover without treatment.
In some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient may require hospitalization. In these patients, the infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other parts of the body. In such cases, a salmonella infection could lead to death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants and individuals with impaired immune systems are more likely to develop a severe salmonella infection.
If You Have Been Sickened
If you have consumed these or other recalled products, it would be in your best interest to isolate the product you have left so it can be tested in an independent laboratory for the presence of pathogens. If you suspect you have been sickened by one of these products, please get prompt medical attention including specific diagnostic testing for food poisoning. Report your illness to the local healthcare agency, which tracks these types of illnesses.
Negligent food manufacturers whose products harm or sicken consumers can and should be held accountable. Contact an experienced food poisoning or product defect lawyer who will be able to help you seek and obtain compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress.