The people of Kentucky like to believe that when they go to the grocery store to purchase food that the food supply is safe. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) exists in part to help ensure the safety of foods in grocery stores. Even with these safeguards in place, problems can still arise that can result in a defective product being purchased.
A recent case of salmonella-infected ground beef has been discovered in multiple states, including Kentucky, and a recall has been issued. There have been 120 case of salmonella-related illnesses since the outbreak was first reported in August, and 33 of those cases required hospitalization. There are no reported deaths. The symptoms of salmonella can include fever, nausea and diarrhea. The symptoms typically appear 12 – 72 hours after consuming the infected food.
The ground beef was packaged between the dates of July 26 and September 7. The USDA number to look for in the inspection marking is EST. 267. The USDA is concerned that some people may have some of the product in freezers and urge everyone to check their ground beef. Any suspect foods should be disposed of or returned to the place of purchase as per the product recall.
Food contamination is a frequent threat in Kentucky's food supply. A person who believes he or she may have suffered ill effects of consuming a defective product may wish to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. In the event of an illness or injury caused by contaminated foodstuffs, a civil suit against the responsible party may be possible. A successful claim can assist with medical costs, lost wages and other verifiable losses.