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Illinois Foodborne Illness LawyerWhen a person contracts food poisoning after eating foods that are contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or other toxins, they may experience multiple types of health issues. In addition to suffering from the effects of a foodborne illness, a person may experience other complications that can affect their health and well-being. Reactive arthritis is one of the most serious of these complications, and it can cause significant pain and discomfort while affecting a person’s ability to work and manage their daily activities.

What Is Reactive Arthritis?

While the causes of reactive arthritis are not fully understood, it is believed to be an autoimmune disorder that occurs because the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissues. While reactive arthritis is relatively rare, it can occur as part of the body’s response to gastrointestinal infections, including foodborne illnesses that occur because of salmonella, campylobacter, shigella, and yersinia. 

Symptoms of reactive arthritis will usually occur within one to six weeks after a person contracts a gastrointestinal infection, and they may last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. In serious cases, a person may experience chronic, ongoing symptoms that affect their quality of life and their overall well-being. Symptoms may include:

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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 Poisoning LawyerThere are a variety of ways that foods and beverages can become contaminated with toxic substances. While food poisoning often occurs because of the presence of harmful viruses or bacteria, consumers may also suffer harm due to dangerous chemicals. One issue that may affect people is the presence of arsenic in wine or other foods and beverages. Those who are concerned about arsenic poisoning should be sure to understand how they may be affected. A person who has been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic can work with an attorney to determine their legal options.

High Levels of Arsenic in Certain Wines

Arsenic is a substance that occurs naturally, and it is found in soil, rock, and water. The concentration of arsenic is higher in certain regions, including areas where mining has occurred or where pesticides have been used on crops. Studies have looked at the arsenic concentration in certain types of wines, and they have found that some wines produced in California have contained dangerously high levels of arsenic. In many cases, these were inexpensive wines that were available for purchase throughout the United States.

In many cases, the levels of arsenic found in wines exceeded the amounts that the Environmental Protection Agency allows in drinking water. Researchers stated that arsenic exposure may be an issue for those who drink these wines while also consuming other foods that may contain arsenic, such as apple juice, rice, or seafood.

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Illinois Food Poisoning AttorneyDespite laws and regulations that require manufacturers to follow the proper safety protocols, contaminated foods are sold to consumers on a regular basis. People who consume these products may experience food poisoning due to the presence of harmful bacteria such as salmonella. Recently, people in Illinois were affected by leafy greens that were contaminated with salmonella, and Newland & Newland, LLP has filed a complaint against the manufacturer of these products on behalf of a food poisoning victim.

Hillard vs. BrightFarms, Inc.

In July of 2021, the FDA and the CDC began investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella food poisoning. While nine people in Illinois and Wisconsin reported infections, the actual number of people who were affected is likely much higher, and people in other states may have been affected as well. Some people may have been able to recover without receiving medical care, and other illnesses may not yet have been reported, since it may take three to four weeks to determine whether an infection is related to this specific outbreak.

The investigation found that all nine victims reported eating leafy greens, and most of the victims ate prepackaged salads manufactured by BrightFarms. The FDA traced the infection to a greenhouse farm operated by this company located in Rochelle, IL. This led BrightFarms to conduct a recall of multiple products, including those sold under the product names of Baby Spinach, 50/50 Spring & Spinach, Butter Crisp, Harvest Crunch, Sunny Crunch, Spring Mix, Mighty Romaine, and Nutrigreens.

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