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Illinois Food Poisoning LawyerFood served to customers at restaurants can become contaminated in multiple ways, and in these cases, people can suffer serious illnesses due to food poisoning. While there are many different types of bacteria, viruses, or other substances that can make foods dangerous, salmonella is one of the most common sources of foodborne illnesses. People may become infected with this type of bacteria if they eat meat that is not cooked properly, and the bacteria may also be spread if a restaurant employee does not wash their hands, if preparation surfaces and utensils are not sanitized correctly, or if food is not refrigerated or stored properly. Recently, multiple people in McHenry County contracted food poisoning due to salmonella, and this outbreak was linked to a Mexican restaurant in Fox River Grove.

El Sombrero Restaurant Closed Due to Salmonella Outbreak

Over the 2021 Labor Day weekend, several people in McHenry County received treatment for salmonella-related illnesses, and the county’s health department traced these infections back to El Sombrero, a restaurant in Fox River Grove. The restaurant has remained closed while this outbreak is being investigated. While the health department did not specify the number of people who contracted infections, it asked anyone who ate at the restaurant between August 23 and September 3 to complete a survey to provide information about their health, regardless of whether they had experienced any symptoms of food poisoning. The results of this survey provided officials with a picture of how the outbreak may have spread and affected people throughout the area.

The health department also asked people who work in “sensitive occupations” to stay home from work if they had experienced any symptoms of gastrointestinal illness after eating at the restaurant in question. These workers include people in the healthcare industry such as doctors or nurses, those whose work involves handling or serving food, and daycare workers who could potentially spread the infection to children. 

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Illinois Salmonella Outbreak LawyerFoodborne illnesses are an ongoing concern for people in the United States. Multiple types of diseases may be spread through contaminated foods, and products are often recalled because they have been found to contain harmful viruses, bacteria, or other toxic substances. Salmonella is one of the most common sources of food poisoning, and it can cause serious health issues for those who are infected. One of the most recent outbreaks of food poisoning due to salmonella involved prepackaged Italian-style meats.

Fratelli Beretta Meats Recalled Due to Salmonella Contamination

From May to July of 2021, people in multiple states reported salmonella infections after eating meats in products manufactured by Fratelli Beretta. Illnesses were reported in 17 states, with the most cases occurring in Illinois, California, and Arizona. After an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Fratelli Beretta issued a recall of Uncured Antipasto trays.

The recall included over 800,000 pounds of products that were sold in grocery stores throughout the United States. The recall was limited to one specific Uncured Antipasto tray product that contained two 12-ounce packages of prosciutto, salami, soppressata, and coppa meats. However, the CDC is recommending that consumers avoid eating any Fratelli Beretta brand Uncured Antipasto products that have “best by” dates through February 11, 2022. Many people may still have these products stored in their refrigerators. In addition to the infections that have already been investigated, additional cases related to the outbreak may not yet have been reported, since it can take three to four weeks to determine whether an infection occurred because of one of the contaminated products.

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illinois food poisioning lawyerThere are multiple types of food products that may become contaminated with harmful bacteria, viruses, or other toxins. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monitors outbreaks of food poisoning. It regularly issues warnings to consumers when contaminated foods cause illnesses and injuries for large numbers of people. Recently, the CDC announced that there has been an outbreak of salmonella infections that may be linked to raw frozen chicken products that were breaded and stuffed.

Details of the Salmonella Outbreak

The CDC reports that as of June 2, 2021, people in six states reported salmonella infections, with the majority of the cases occurring in Illinois. These illnesses were reported between February and May of 2021, but in addition to the reported cases, it is likely that many more infections went unreported. Since it can take two to four weeks to determine whether an illness is related to a food poisoning outbreak, there may be additional infections that have occurred recently.

While the CDC has not yet confirmed a specific source of this outbreak, the majority of the people affected reported that they had prepared and eaten frozen breaded stuffed chicken products. Upon testing, the salmonella strain involved in the outbreak was found in Kirkwood brand chicken cordon bleu products that are sold at Aldi grocery stores. Currently, no recall has been issued for these products.

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illinois food poisoning lawyerMany different types of foodborne illnesses can affect people who eat foods contaminated by bacteria, viruses, or other toxins. Salmonella is one of the most common causes of food poisoning, and outbreaks of this disease occur more frequently than many people realize. The dangers of this disease were demonstrated recently in two cases where products contaminated with salmonella caused people in multiple states to suffer illnesses and hospitalizations.

Foods Contaminated With Salmonella

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has investigated two separate salmonella outbreaks in recent months. The first was related to ground turkey produced and sold by Plainville Brands, LLC, a company located in Pennsylvania. Products with the brand names of Nature’s Promise, Wegman, and Plainville Farms were found to be contaminated. The specific products that were affected were produced in December of 2020 and distributed with expiration dates between January 1 and January 10, 2021. Consumers who purchased products during those dates may have frozen them for later use. Freezing does not kill salmonella, so consumers are still at risk of infection when thawing and eating or handling these products.

The other salmonella outbreak was related to dairy products manufactured by Jule’s Foods, a company in California. Products that were recalled due to contamination include cashew brie cheese, spinach artichoke dip, and vegan ranch dressing. Investigators found salmonella in these products on April 22, 2021, and products with all expiration dates have been recalled.

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Illinois foodborne illness lawyersIn the past week, a common ingredient used in Chinese restaurants across America has been recalled after salmonella was detected in samples of the product. On September 23, the brand Shirakiku was recalled by manufacturer Wismettac Asian Food Inc. The product is imported dried fungus, also known as tree ear fungus, black fungus, or cloud-ear fungus due to its appearance. This fungus is an edible mushroom that is commonly used in Chinese cooking in the U.S. Black fungus originated in China, but can also be found in tropical regions such as Hawaii, Nigeria, the Pacific Islands, and more. The reason these mushrooms are so dangerous? Their tendency to absorb contaminants from their environment.

Based in Santa Fe Springs, CA, Wismettac Asian Food Inc. has been asked to recall their product Shirakiku by the California Department of Public Health. The department detected traces of salmonella, the leading cause of food poisoning, in product samples. Though the company is based in California, this product is distributed throughout the U.S., Illinois included. As of September 24, over 40 people had been infected from a spread of ten states. In other words, if you have recently eaten at a Chinese restaurant and gotten sick afterwards, this fungal product may be to blame.

Signs of Salmonella

Depending on their severity, you may not have thought twice about your symptoms. Or in the current health climate, you may have been comparing your symptoms to those of COVID-19. Below are a list of CDC-recognized salmonella symptoms:

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