Earlier this month, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a recall of over 15,000 pounds of ground beef produced by the Tyson Fresh Meat Company. According to one industry report, the recalled meat was all shipped to one central distribution center in New York. It is not clear at this point where the contaminated meat went from there.
Evidently, the contaminated meat bears a “best before or freeze by” date of June 15. The meat was packaged as 5lb. chubs, meaning large sausage-like packages of meat most commonly used in restaurants or institutional settings.
The USDA discovered the contamination through a routine inspection, and no one has reported any illnesses relating to the contaminated meat. The agency’s concern is that consumers bought the bulk meat for future use and have it stored in their freezers. Those who may have purchased the contaminated meat should call Tyson directly or return it to the store from which it was purchased.
The Dangers of E. Coli
E. Coli is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause dehydration, abdominal cramps, and bloody diarrhea. In those with compromised immune systems, or if left untreated, E. Coli can result in a certain type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. Consumers can protect themselves against E. Coli and other dangerous bacteria by thoroughly cooking their meat to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
While it is likely unrelated to the recall discussed above, a daycare in Columbia, South Carolina has recently closed after seven children were found to have been made ill by exposure to E. Coli. According to one report, four of the seven children had the same strain of E. Coli. Investigators believe that the bacteria may be responsible for a death at the day care a few weeks ago.
Food Recalls and Manufacturer Liability
Companies that manufacture, market, or sell food products have a duty to ensure that a product is safe to consume. When there are cases involving recalled food products, there are several parties that may be held ultimately responsible through a products liability claim for any injuries or illnesses that result from consumption of the contaminated food. For example, the manufacturer, wholesaler, and even the retail sales outlet may be held responsible. In fact, restaurants can also be held liable in certain circumstances.
Have You Been Injured after Consuming Tainted Food?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured or made seriously ill after consuming contaminated food, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Compensation may include amounts for past medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, and any pain and suffering resulting from consumption of the tainted food. To learn more, and to speak with a dedicated attorney about what options you may have, call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation. Meeting with an attorney is free, and there is no obligation.
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