After Salmonella Outbreak, Wonton Foods Halts Sprout Production

Wonton Foods Inc. in Brooklyn has halted production and distribution of mung bean sprouts after being linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 63 people in 10 states. Cases have been reported in: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont have been diagnosed with Salmonella infections. Eleven people have been hospitalized.

The outbreak has been traced to mung bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods Inc of Brooklyn and distributed to Asian restaurants and other establishments in nine states on the East Coast (all of those listed above except Montana. The single case patient in that state is believed to have contracted the infection while visiting the East Coast.)
 
Wonton Foods has not recalled the sprouts but claims to have contacted companies that took delivery of them. The last shipment of the sprouts was November 18.
 
Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it. Children, seniors, pregnant women and others with compromised immune systems are at heightened risk of contracting salmonellosis and should always avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind.
 
Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning including fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, usually develop six to 72 hours after exposure and last about a week. For some people, the diarrhea can be so severe that hospitalization is required. These patients are at greater risk of developing a serious, sometimes fatal, bloodstream infection.
 
Consumers who have eaten the sprouts and develop symptoms should see a doctor and mention exposure to Salmonella. Anyone who has purchased the sprouts should dispose of them by placing them in a plastic bag, sealing the bag and throwing it away. When dining out, consumers should request that raw sprouts not be added to food. Make sure that sprouts are not added to sandwiches or salads purchased at fast food restaurants or delis.
 
Those who have been sickened or hospitalized and would like a free no-obligation consultation with a Salmonella lawyer should contact the national food safety law firm PritzkerOlsen.

Wonton Foods Sprouts Sicken Dozens with Salmonella

 Bean sprouts from Wonton Food Inc. in  New York have sickened 68 people in 10 states with Salmonella posioning. Eleven people have been hospitalized.

salmonella-sproutsState health departments working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on an investigation of the outbreak, identified sprouts from Wonton Foods as the source of the outbreak.

Some of those who were sickened ate sprouts on food they ordered at restaurants. Health officials say restaurants and grocery stores have been advised not to serve or sell bean sprouts from Wonton Foods, but a recall has not yet been issued.

Consumers who have purchased these sprouts should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious, sometimes fatal, illness. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, which include fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, usually develop six to 72 hours after exposure and last seven days. But for some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is required. In these cases, there is a heightened risk of developing a more serious infection that spreads from the intestines to the blood stream.

Consumers who have been sickened by these sprouts and would like a free, no-obligation consultation with a Salmonella lawyer should contact the national food safety law firm of PritzkerOlsen.

Listeria Death Lawsuits Seek Damages

 Listeria outbreaks have caused at least four deaths this year in U.S. food poisoning cases reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The confirmed Listeria deaths were traced on two occasions to Mexican-style cheese and -- most recently -- contaminated mung bean sprouts produced by Wholesome Soy Products Inc. of Chicago. In the Listeria cheese outbreaks, all case patients were of Hispanic ethnicity and three illnesses were related to pregnancy. The Listeria deaths occurred in California, Tennessee and Illinois.

If your family was victimized by a Listeria fatality or illness this year that was linked to an outbreak of food poisoning, it is not too late to get help from an attorney to make a claim for damages. Our law firm represents Listeria victims and has recovered tens of millions of dollars for clients in past outbreaks. We understand the importance of holding food companies accountable for listeriosis by making them pay for the damage they have caused. Contact us online for a free case consultation and explanation of your legal rights.

So far this year, the CDC has reported Listeria deaths in connection with its investigations of Queso Fresco cheese from Roos Foods of Delaware; Quesito Casero cheese from Oasis Brands Inc. and raw mung bean sprouts produced in Illinois by Wholesome Soy Products. All together, 16 ill patients were confirmed and almost all of them were hospitalized. The outbreak victims are from California, Maryland, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Michigan and Illinois. 

PritzkerOlsen attorneys can explain some of the long-term health consequences faced by people who have been infected with foodborne Listeria monocytogenes. Any settlement or court outcome should reflect the potential future damages that are inherent in Listeria cases. 

Deadly Listeria Outbreak in Illinois Prompts Closure of Sprouts Maker Wholesome Soy

In the wake of two people dying this summer from Listeria food poisoning linked to mung bean sprouts from Wholesome Soy Products Inc. of Chicago, the company has informed federal agencies that it will shut down. The deadly outbreak this summer has been documented in FDA and CDC reports that found a "persistent and dangerous strain of Listeria monocytogenes'' in the company's Chicago food plant.

Listeria attorney Fred Pritzker is prepared to represent individuals and families affected by the outbreak, as he and his firm have done for many years while practicing extensively in the area of foodborne illness. Mr. Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team have recovered millions of dollars for Listeria victims, including clients in Listeria death cases. Contact him now for a free consultation.

Testing by the FDA and CDC has identified four case patients in Illinois and one in Michigan, but the agencies have warned consumers everywhere not to eat any products from Wholesome Soy. The warning covers bean sprouts, soft tofu, firm tofu, fried tofu, fried tofu pouches, white tofu, triangular tofu, soybean noodles, and soy milk. The link to mung bean sprouts was confirmed through genetic sequencing analysis of sprouts, sprout irrigation water and numerous environmental swabs taken from the plant. "The strains were found to be highly related to sequences of Listeria monocytogenes strains isolated from five clinical samples representing the people who became ill from June through August 2014,'' the FDA said in a November 10 update.

Pritzker has cautioned consumers of products made by Wholesome Soy to continue watching for symptoms of listeriosis because the onset of the disease can take up to 70 days after consumption of contaminated food. For safety purposes, any products from the company should be sealed and discarded in the garbage, Consumers who have already eaten some of these products should first take a photo of the packaging and then take cleaning precautions in their home kitchens. Wash the inside walls and shelves of the refrigerator, cutting boards, and countertops; then sanitize these items with a solution of one tablespoon of chlorine bleach to one gallon of hot water, then dry the surfaces with clean paper towels.

Mung Bean Sprout Listeria Outbreak Sickens 5, Kills 2

Listeria in mung bean sprouts has killed two people and sickened three others.  Between June and August, four of the illnesses were reported in Illinois, one was reported in Michigan. 

Health officials used whole genome sequencing on Listeria strains isolated from the mung bean sprouts produced by Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. environmental samples from the company's  facility and from the five people sickened an found them to be "highly related."

All five of those sickened were hospitalized. Two of the surviving patients reported eating bean sprouts before they became ill.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspected the Wholesome Soy Products facility in August and October and found unsanitary conditions, many of which were present during both inspections. During the first inspection, which took place from August 12 through September 3, investigators found Listeria in environmental swabs from the facility and discovered unsanitary conditions and poor equipment maintenance.

The company conducted a voluntary recall by notifying customers by telephone and halted production from August 28 through September 15, 2014. Production restarted again after Listeria was not identified in finished product. But, when the FDA re-inspected the facility from October 7, 2014, to October 31, 2014, it found Listeria in nine environmental samples. Inspectors also noted 12 instances of unsanitary conditions and poor equipment maintenance, nine of which were noted on the first inspection.

Since October 14, the company ceased production of some of its products, but not mung bean or soy bean sprouts. The FDA is working with the company to make sure the sprouts are not distributed until the Listeria problem is controlled and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working to embargo all product at Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. and the other wholesalers that presently have product.

If you or a family member has been sickened by the contaminated mung beans that caused this outbreak and would like a free, no-obligation consultation with a Listeria lawyer, contact the national food safety law firm PritzkerOlsen.

E. coli Sickens 3 at Heart Centered Montessori School in Clackamas County OR

An E. coli outbreak has sickened three children at the Heart Centered Montessori School in West Linn, OR. Two of the children were diagnosed with E. coli O157:H7 infections and were hospitalized.

The illnesses occurred in September and October. The preschool, whose students range in age from infant to five years old, has voluntarily closed during the investigation. School officials sent a letter to families of all 60 students who attend the school recommending that students be tested for E. coli.

Results from tests on faculty, students and samples from the school should be available within a week. The investigation is ongoing.

E. coli is transmitted through contaminated food and water or through contact with animals. Children under five are at the greatest risk for serious complications from E. coli infections such as HUS which can cause kidney failure, seizure, stroke, coma and death.

If you would like a free, no-obligation consultation with an E. coli lawyer, contact PritzkerOlsen, a national food safety law firm.

 

Listeria Outbreak linked to Oasis Cheese Kills 1, Sickens 2 Others

A Listeria outbreak linked to Oasis brand soft cheese has killed one person and sickened two others. Oasis has issued several recalls: one on August 4 for quesito casero,  one October 6  for cuajada en hoja, and one October 16  for various cheeses sold under the Lacteos Santa Martha brand. Consumers who have purchased these cheeses should not eat them as they risk serious or life-threatening illness if they do.

Health officials used whole-genome sequencing (WGS) and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to match the strain of the Listeria monocytogenes isolated from the recalled quesito casero cheese to the strain isolated from the three case patients who were diagnosed in New York, Tennessee, and Texas. 

The first person became ill on September 13, 2013, and two more recent illnesses occurred on June 25, 2014, and August 13, 2014. This investigation is ongoing. All three case patients were hospitalized, the patient in Tennessee died. One of the illnesses was related to a pregnancy and was diagnosed in a newborn. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and listeriosis in newborns.

All of the case patients sickened in this outbreak are Hispanic and the two surviving patients reported consuming quesito casero, Mexican-style cheese, before they became ill.

If you or a loved one developed a Listeria infection after eating Oasis brand cheese and would like a free, no-obligation consultation with a Listeria attorney, contact PritzkerOlsen a national food safety law firm.


 

MN Chicken Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Recall of Antioch Farms Chicken a la Kiev

 Tons of five-ounce, individually wrapped Chicken a la Kiev products are being recalled by a division of Koch Meats in connection with an outbreak in Minnesota of Salmonella Enteritidis. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) requested the recall of  Raw Stuffed Chicken Breast Breaded, Boneless Breast of Chicken with Rib Meat “A La Kiev” under the brand name Antioch Farms. In all, the recall covers nearly 29,000 pounds of the frozen packets, made in Illinois.

The FSIS said in a press release that it requested the recall after matching the outbreak strain of Salmonella to a product sample taken from at least one of the six confirmed case patients. The Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC are continuing to investigate the outbreak, but the initial cluster of food poisoning illnesses happened from mid-August to late-September. The ready-to-cook Antioch Farms products under recall were made on July 2 and July 8, 2014. They were shipped to retail stores and distribution centers in Minnesota, the FSIS said.

PritzkerOlsen Attorneys has launched its own investigation of the outbreak and is accepting case patients as clients. You can contact the firm online for a free consultation about a possible Minnesota chicken Kiev lawsuit. Health officials have reminded consumers to follow label instructions for this raw product when handling and cooking, but the lead investigator for the Minnesota Department of Health said the outbreak may not necessarily be the result of user error. 

The stuffed chicken breast recall applies to packets with “sell by” dates of October 1, 2015 and October 7, 2015. The products subject to recall also bear the establishment number “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection. FSIS said it intends to publish a list of retailers where the Antioch Farms brand Chicken A La Kiev products were sold. 

Salmonella Cases in MN Linked to Antioch Farms Frozen Chicken Kiev

A Salmonella outbreak linked to Antioch Farms frozen chicken kiev sickened at least six people in Minnesota during August and September. One person was hospitalized.

The breaded, stuffed chicken entrees were pre-browned but raw. They were sold at a number of grocery stores throughout the state in packages stamped with the code of P-1358 inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Health officials in Minnesota used DNA "fingerprinting" tests on stool samples collected from patients to determine the outbreak strain and found that it was a genetic match to Salmonella found in unopened packages of the product purchased at the grocery store. 

Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include fever, abdominal pain and cramps and diarrhea. Symptoms usually develop between 6 and 72 hours after exposure and last about a week. About 20 percent of cases require hospitalization. In rare cases salmonellosis can be fatal.  

If you have legal questions about an illness associated with this product and would like a free, no obligation consultation with a Salmonella lawyer, contact PritzkerOlsen,a national food safety law firm. The toll free number is 1-888-377-8900.

Listeria: Santa Martha Queso y Crema Recall

Sixteen types of Lacteos Santa Martha crema and queso is under U.S. government recall in connection with listeriosis illnesses from the food poisoning pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. The cheese and cream recall published by the Food and Drug Administration doesn't specify how many people have been sickened or where they live. But the recalled products were distributed in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina from April 1st thought October 14.

For a listing of recalled products, click here. If you or a loved one was sickened in this outbreak, you may want to contact a lawyer to represent you. Legal case consultations are free from our Listeria lawyers at the PritzkerOlsen attorney group. Click here to contact an attorney. Our firm has collected millions of dollars for Listeria outbreak victims and we are one of the very few legal groups in the U.S. practicing extensively in the area of foodborne illness. 

Oasis Brands Inc. of Miami makes Lacteos Santa Martha queso and crema. The Lacteos Santa Martha recall marks at least the second time this year that federal regulators have acted to stop an outbreak of listeriosis associated with latin-style soft cheese or cream. In February, March and April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided public updates on Listeria monocytogenes findings in Roos Foods products that the agency linked to an outbreak of eight confirmed illnesses, including one death, two mother-newborn pairs and a newborn. The feds halted production at Roos Foods as part of that investigation.

As the Roos Foods outbreak showed, pregnant women are especially vulnerable to Listeria infection. Symptoms of listeriosis vary, but usually involve fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea. Infections tend to be invasive and others who are at risk for serious illness are older adults, young children and people who have suppressed or weakened immune systems.

About 800 laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis are reported each year in the United States, and typically 3 or 4 outbreaks are identified and reported to CDC annually. Some foods that have been linked to outbreaks in recent years include several types of cheeses, including Mexican-style cheeses and creams.