Meat recalled for possible listeria contamination

Channel 4 is reporting that more than 22,000 pounds of chicken, ham and beef products are being recalled because of possible Listeria contamination.The products were sent to retailers and distributors all over the coountry, including Florida.  Recalled products include several kinds of chicken salad, ham salad, barbecue beans with beef, and potato salad with bacon. They bear the establishment number EST. 13520 or P-13520 inside the USDA mark of inspection. A full list of products can be found on the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s wesbite.
As of now, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has not received any reports of illnesses.
The bacterium Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection. Listeriosis typically affects older adults, pregnant women, infants and adults with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, and sometimes diarrhea or nausea. If the listeria infection spreads to your nervous system, signs and symptoms may include: Headache; Stiff neck; Confusion or changes in alertness; Loss of balance; or Convulsions.  Other symptoms can include headache, confusion and convulsions. It can be treated with antibiotics.
If you’ve eaten a food that’s been recalled because of a listeria outbreak, pay close attention to any possible signs or symptoms of illness. If you experience fever, muscle aches, nausea or diarrhea, contact your doctor. The same goes for illness after eating a potentially contaminated product, such as foods made with unpasteurized milk or poorly heated hot dogs or deli meats.  If you experience a high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, confusion or sensitivity to light, seek emergency care. These signs and symptoms may indicate bacterial meningitis, a life-threatening complication of a listeria infection.
If you or a loved one has been injured or become seriously ill as the result of a recalled product you may be entitled to compensation. Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. represent clients in the North Florida area. Give us a call to see if we can be of help to you.

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