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What is Listeria?

Listeria is a genus of bacteria that can cause illness in individuals who consume it. This illness is called listeriosis. Listeriosis can cause a variety of health problems in infected individuals and in some cases, it can be deadly.

Listeria can be found in many foods and food products. Listeriosis is a type of food poisoning. If you experience listeriosis symptoms, seek medical attention. Your doctor can provide you with an appropriate diagnosis and treatment for your condition. If your exposure to listeria was caused by another party's negligence or reckless behavior, you could be entitled to seek monetary compensation for the expenses associated with your illness through a personal injury claim.

How is Listeria Spread?

Peanut Corporation of America Jailed for Salmonella Outbreak

Stewart Parnell, former owner of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) was sentenced to 28 years in prison for knowingly shipping peanut products contaminated with salmonella in 2007. The outbreak that ensued caused nine deaths and more than 700 illnesses. Alongside Stewart Parnell, his brother, food broker Michael Parnell received a 20-year prison sentence. Mary Wilkerson, the PCA plant's quality assurance manager, was sentenced to five years in prison. “Just ship it,” Parnell wrote in a 2007 email to a plant manager after being notified of the contamination in the latest batch of peanut products.

Food safety activists are hailing this ruling as a step toward a safer, more transparent food industry for America. We still have a long way to go in containing salmonella and other dangerous bacteria in foods. If you have been affected by salmonella or another type of food-borne illness, seek medical care for your condition. Then, contact an experienced food poisoning attorney to discuss the possibility of filing a personal injury claim against the party responsible for your illness. This party could be the food product's manufacturer, supplier, distributor, or retailer. In some cases, the fault could potentially fall on more than one of these parties.

America's Most Common Food-borne Illness

What to Do if Your Child Suffers from Food Poisoning

As a parent, the thought of your child being injured or falling ill when you are not available to protect him or her is likely one of your greatest fears. Although you do all that you can to protect your child from harm, part of growing up is spending time away from parents and learning to make independent decisions. Your child could be exposed to contaminated food at school, at friends' homes, and in public places like food courts, restaurants, and snack stands. Although you can not prevent food poisoning from happening to your child, you can make sure he or she gets the treatment he or she needs to recover.

In some cases, food poisoning is severe enough to require substantial medical care. If this is the case for your child, you might be able to recover monetary compensation for the cost of this medical care through a food poisoning claim. This is a type of personal injury claim that can cover costs associated with food poisoning treatment. Discuss this option with an experienced food poisoning attorney to determine if you have grounds for a claim.

Know the Symptoms

Hundreds Fall Ill After Eating Imported Cucumbers

Over the past three years, more than 600 people in the United States have become ill with Salmonella Poona after consuming cucumbers grown and packed in Mexico by Rancho Don Juanito and distributed in the United States by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. The victims hailed from 30 states. As of September 4, 2015, 70 victims have been hospitalized and two have died.

In response to the outbreak, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce has recalled all of the cucumbers that were released with the contaminated crops. Recalls serve as a way for companies to remove their harmful products from the marketplace to protect consumers from falling ill or being injured. If you have been affected by a recalled product, you could potentially have grounds for a product liability claim. When that product is a type of food or food product, it is in your best interest to work with an experienced food poisoning attorney to file and pursue your claim.

Symptoms of Salmonella Poona

17 Suffer from Gastrointestinal Disorders After Eating at Elgin Golf Course

Earlier this summer, 17 people became ill after eating at a golf course lunch buffet in Elgin, Illinois known as The Grumpy Goat Tavern. The individuals affected experienced flu-like symptoms including nausea, sweating, body aches, runny nose, dehydration, and fatigue. One of the victims contacted the city health department to conduct an investigation of the restaurant. Once the investigation was complete, the health department declared The Grumpy Goat Tavern to meet sanitation and safety standards. There was no conclusive ruling about whether the food from the buffet actually caused the gastrointestinal disruptions in the individual who became ill because there was no food leftover from the meal in question for the health department to inspect.

Food poisoning can have serious consequences, especially for individuals with weak immune systems. If you experience food poisoning after eating in a restaurant or other public place, you could potentially recover damages for your losses by working with an experienced food poisoning attorney to file and pursue a personal injury claim.

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