Posts tagged with "unsafe food"

Protein bar recall affects Massachusetts consumers

Nearly 40,000 people annually fall ill after eating food contaminated with salmonella.Unsafe food products can cause widespread illness. This makes proper food manufacturing and handling of vital importance.

A protein bar is among the most recent of products given warnings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The bars were sold in numerous states, including Massachusetts. According to the FDA, ProtiDiet High Protein Chocolate Dream bars may have been contaminated with salmonella, and should not be consumed. The bars have since been recalled by the manufacturer. Fortunately, no illnesses have yet been reported due to the tainted bars. Consumers experiencing symptoms of salmonellosis after ingesting one of the bars are advised to seek medical help.

Salmonellosis is a serious infection that could result in severe illness. Foods commonly containing the salmonella bacteria include raw meats and raw eggs. However, any food can become contaminated with salmonella through improper food handling. Symptoms of salmonellosis develop 12 to 72 hours after consuming the tainted food and include vomiting and diarrhea. A laboratory culture can determine whether these symptoms are caused by Salmonellosis or by a different illness. While Salmonellosis usually goes away on its own after five to seven days, it can cause severe dehydration. In some cases, the bacteria spreads beyond the site of the infection, requiring antibiotics. The most severe cases of Salmonellosis usually occur in infants, the elderly or people with compromised immune systems.

When a person contracts salmonellosis, they may be able to recover for their medical expenses and pain and suffering through a products liability lawsuit. Product liability laws protect consumers by holding sellers and manufacturers of defective products responsible for the harms those products cause. A personal injury attorney may be able to advise a consumer who believes they may have been injured or made ill due to a defective product.

Food safety is of the utmost importance, both for the persons consuming the food as well as those who manufacture or prepare it. Everyone deserves to be protected from food poisoning.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “FDA issues salmonella warning for ProtiDiet protein bars,” Monte Morin, March 18, 2013

Unsafe food products may harm consumers

Coffee is a popular drink for many residents of Massachusetts. To meet the needs of the public, coffee-serving chains and restaurants will brew and keep hot coffee ready and waiting for the next request. When serving coffee, the stores try to make sure it is served just right: hot enough to please but not so hot that it harms the customer. However, serving the coffee at too hot a temperature may place the coffee in the category of unsafe food products.

Sometimes the best known coffee chains may serve their products at too high a temperature, leading to a possibility of injury to customers. Recently, a Louisiana woman suffered burn injuries from the too-hot coffee served to her by an employee of a fast-food chain restaurant. The woman was burned when the employee of the burger chain did not properly close the lid of her coffee cup. The lid fell off, allowing the hot drink to spill on her, causing permanent scarring and mental anguish. She filed a lawsuit against the company.

Coffee burn injury cases are not uncommon. For instance, most people recall a 1994 case in which a woman sustained third-degree burn injuries due to the hot coffee served to her. In that case, the woman received $160,000 in damages. In another recent case, a Quincy, Massachusetts, toddler was allegedly burned and scarred on the neck from contact with hot hash browns.

When restaurants negligently fail to ensure the safety of their consumers, they may be held liable for the injuries caused by their unsafe food products. Victims may be eligible to claim damages for the injuries caused, the medical expenses incurred and pain and suffering.

Source: 3 News, “Burger King sued by woman who claims coffee was spilled onto her through drive through window,” Kim Choe, Jan. 10, 2013