MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Amidst the
fast-growing Listeria outbreaks linked to Fresh Express and
Dole pre-packaged salads, the Pritzker Hageman food safety lawyers
are warning consumers about the dangers of Listeria for
Listeria can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and pre-term labor, as
well as serious illness and death in newborns.
Pregnant women are 10 times more likely to get Listeria
than the general population. Listeria can cause
complications such as miscarriage, stillbirth, and pre-term labor,
as well as serious illness and death in newborns.
What is Listeria?
Listeria is a dangerous foodborne pathogen that
sickens about 1600 people each year. Since Listeria can
survive cold temperatures, Listeria outbreaks are commonly
associated with refrigerated, ready-to-eat foods, such as
pre-packaged salads. Symptoms of a Listeria infection may
- Stiff neck
- Muscle soreness
During pregnancy, consequences for the baby can be devastating.
Food safety prevention is particularly important because
asymptomatic pregnant women may pass a Listeria infection to
their unborn babies without knowing it.
According to the CDC, Hispanic women are 24 times more likely to
contract a Listeria infection because outbreaks are commonly
associated with traditional foods such as queso fresco.
"When it comes to sheer survival skills, no other foodborne
bacteria even comes close to Listeria monocytogenes. Freeze it, dry
it, hit it with high concentrations of salt, alcohol, acid or bile
and Listeria responds with a shrug," said food safety attorney
Raymond Trueblood. "That's a key
reason why keeping it out of food is critical to keeping people
Listeria Lawyers Investigate Fresh Express and Dole
Pre-Packaged Salad Outbreaks, Lawsuits Likely
The Pritzker Hageman Listeria lawyers are investigating
two separate Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks linked to Fresh
Express and Dole pre-packaged salads.
At least 10 people have been sickened and one person died in the
Fresh Express outbreak. On December 20,
2021, Fresh Express issued a recall for salads produced at
its facility in Streamwood,
The Dole outbreak has sickened at least 16 people and killed
two. Dole issued a recall on December 22,
2021, for salads processed at its facility in Bessemer City, N.C. and produced in
Contact an Experienced Listeria Lawyer Before Time
The food poisoning lawyers at Pritzker Hageman law firm
have represented clients sickened in every major outbreak in the
U.S. If you or someone you know got sick after eating Fresh Express
or Dole pre-packaged salads, here are the next steps to take:
- See your healthcare provider for a stool test.
- Contact your local health department.
- Talk to an experienced Listeria lawyer as soon as possible
because laws called "statutes of limitations," which vary by state,
may limit the amount of time you have to file a claim.
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