RBR Meat Company, which supplies Wal-Mart with frozen pizzas, has recalled 6,700 pizzas under the retailer’s Marketside brand in 11 states including California due to a potential listeria contamination. An estimated 21,220 lbs. of Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza that were sent to Utah, Washington, Nevada and California retail centers were recalled. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Wal-Mart are not aware of any pizza-related illnesses.
Wal-Mart has said it already began removing the products from its inventory and store shelves as soon as it received the recall notice from Shore & Shore, which is affiliated with RBR. RBR found out about the possible contamination during one of its regular sampling and has advised customers not to eat the pizzas. Sam’s Club was not affected.
An Overview of Listeriosis
Listeriosis is an illness that is caused by the consumption of food tainted with Listeria. According to the CDC, pregnant women and babies are the ones who are most susceptible to the infection, along with those with weakened immune systems such as the elderly. Essentially it is called food poisoning when someone comes down with Listeriosis.
Listeriosis can cause stillbirths and miscarriages. The disease affects about 1600 people each year in the United States, and around 260 of them die.
The CDC is also looking into reports of a multistate listeria outbreak caused by eating cheese from raw milk, manufactured by Vulto Creamery.
Defective Products can cause Listeria Infection
Those who get infected often experience symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, muscle aches and fever. If the infection spreads to the nervous system, the patient will experience stiff neck, confusion, headache, loss of balance, reduced alertness and convulsions. The symptoms will begin to show a few days after eating tainted food, although there have been cases in which the symptoms began 30 days or more.
What to Do If You Have Listeriosis
If you suspect you may have listeriosis, the first thing you need to do is seek medical treatment. At Personal Injury Lawyers San Diego, we are to help in these types of law suits where there is a defective product. Do not wait to schedule an appointment with your doctor and instead go to the emergency room right away. If you require hospitalization/medical treatment, you can get compensation for your medical expenses, hospitalization, lost income, suffering, and emotional distress. Be sure to preserve any tainted product so it can be evaluated in a laboratory. We strongly recommend that you lodge your complaint with your local healthcare agency and contact a lawyer who specializes in food poisoning cases so you will be guided as to the proper course of action to pursue your legal rights and get the compensation you rightfully deserve.
At our law firm we deal with cases where there have been a defective product put into the marketplace and then someone has now gotten sick from that product. If you have had this happen to you feel free to give us a call for more information.
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