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Smoked seafood products recalled for bacteria contamination

Today, Pomona-based Foremost Foods International Inc. issued a recalled of some of their seafood products sold under the Pangasinan brand name.

The recall concerns smoked seafood products which could potentially cause botulism in people who consume the product.  According to the Food and Drug Administration, the recalled Pangasinan smoked seafood products “have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria which can cause life-threatening illness or death.”

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should throw them out even if they do not appear or smell spoiled.  The products were sold between March 2010 and October 2011 in California, Nevada, and Washington.

If you or someone you know has become ill from eating a contaminated food product, contact the San Diego product liability lawyers of Ritter & Associates at 619-296-0123 to learn more about how we can help you.


13 deaths and 72 illnesses linked to contaminated cantaloupes

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 deaths and 72 illnesses have been linked to a listeria outbreak caused by contaminated cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms in Colorado.

The recalled cantaloupes were distributed to stores in 24 states, including California.  Reports of illness have come from 18 states, also including California.

Contaminated cantaloupes should have stickers stating “Rocky Ford,” “Sweet Rocky Fords,” “Colorado Grown,” “Jensenfarms.com,” or “Distributed by Frontera Produce.”

Officials say that the strain of listeria bacteria from the contaminated cantaloupes is most likely to affect people with compromised immune systems and the elderly.  The median age of people who have become ill from consuming the cantaloupe was reported to be 78-years old.

If you or someone you love has become ill from consuming a contaminated food product, contact the San Diego product liability lawyers of Ritter & Associates by calling 619-296-0123 today.


Fresh & Easy market recalls baby spinach

The Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has announced the recall of Organic Baby Spinach after a random sample tested the product positive for listeria monocytogenes.

The Food and Drug Administration conducted the random test sample and found that one bag tested positive for the bacteria. There have been no illnesses reported because of the product at this time.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious infections in babies, elderly or those with weakened immune systems. Other symptoms include headache, nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain.

The recall involves the bags of salad with a ‘Use By’ date of August 1. Consumers can return the product or bring a receipt to the market in order to receive a full refund.

If you or a loved one has become ill after consuming a contaminated food product, contact the San Diego product liability lawyers of Ritter & Associates by calling 619-269-0123.


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