Just in time for holiday baking, tainted eggs are back in the Philadelphia news. Sparked by a new outbreak of salmonella, Philadelphia personal injury lawyers note that the most recent egg recall was ordered when regular testing discovered salmonella in a barn at the Central Ohio farm of egg producer Ohio Fresh Eggs. Cal-Maine Foods, the country’s largest egg distributor, recalled 288,000 eggs purchased from the Ohio farm. So far no cases of salmonella poisoning have been linked to this batch of contaminated eggs. However, earlier this year 1,600 reported cases of salmonella illness were traced to two Iowa egg farms resulting in the August recall of 550 million eggs.
Nationwide epidemics of food-borne illness, most commonly caused by salmonella, E. coli or listeria, are usually traced to worker or manufacturer negligence, unsanitary conditions or diseased animals. While food poisoning can occur at any point in the manufacturing, packaging, preparation or food-handling process, nationwide recalls are generally traced to farm conditions or practices. In the most recent egg recall, farm workers negligently included questionable eggs in a shipment of uncontaminated eggs. A few years ago, a nationwide E. coli outbreak was traced to a California farm where workers were using the same truck to haul manure and lettuce.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), food-borne diseases sicken 76 million Americans every year, 325,000 seriously enough to be hospitalized. More than 5,000 Americans die from food-borne illness every year. Philadelphians are warned not to consume uncooked eggs. (Yes, this means no licking the beaters or snacking on uncooked cookie dough while you’re doing your holiday baking!)
When food-borne illness causes serious illness or death, The Pearce Law Firm can protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve from negligent food producers, packers or distributors.