When you buy a product, you have certain rights as a consumer and when companies fail in their obligation to provide safe products, you should speak with the experienced product liability attorney. If you were not familiar with the term “listeria” before, due to the recent recalls of ice cream and hummus you are probably dreadfully aware now. The listeria contaminated ice cream has been linked to several cases of sickness and three deaths in this country.
Ice cream and listeria
Listeria is a bacterium that can grow under a wide range of conditions. Unfortunately, the strain of listeria that causes disease in humans multiplies best at 86-98.6 degrees F. It also multiplies better than all other bacteria at refrigerator temperatures. As we mentioned above, a number of ice cream makers are recalling all ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches because the products have been found to contain listeria.
You can ingest listeria and other kinds of food poisoning from harmful germs in virtually every kind of food or drink if it has not been handled properly. Listeriosis symptoms are similar to most kinds of food poisoning, displaying symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and headache. Fortunately, healthy people rarely get sick from listeriosis. It mostly affects people with compromised immune systems including: pregnant women, newborns, elderly people, diabetics and people with HIV. If you contract listeriosis during pregnancy, it can cause life threatening health problems for your new born baby.
Reducing your risk
There are steps that you can take to reduce listeria contamination in your home. You should start by avoiding recalled food items. The Center for Disease Control suggests the following precautions:
- Rinse all fruits and vegetables thoroughly
- Firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers should be scrubbed before slicing
- Dry washed produce with a clean cloth or paper towel
- Store uncooked meats and poultry separately from vegetables and cooked foods
- Sanitize your hands, knives, countertops, and cutting boards after handling uncooked foods
- Remember that listeria can grow in foods in the refrigerator.
- Clean up all spills and juices from hot dogs, raw meats, and raw poultry
- Clean and sanitize your refrigerator walls and shelves
- Cook meats and poultry at a proper temperature
- Never drink or cook with unpasteurized milk
An experienced law firm for product liability in Charlotte, NC
Charlotte personal injury lawyers can intervene and help you when products are lacking or defective and cause harm or injury. If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer with substantial experience with various types of product liability cases, consider the attorneys at The Olive Law Firm. They are skilled and qualified attorneys who have handled cases involving defective products, medical devices, and automotive parts. If you or someone in your family has been injured by a defective product, or if someone you love has died because of use of a defective or dangerous product, you should speak with an Olive Law Firm product liability attorney right away.