Walmart’s Great Value Frozen Meat Products Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns
Several of Walmart’s Great Value brand meat items have been recalled because of possible salmonella contamination. According to Fox News, more than 6,400 pounds of the food which include ready-to-eat pork sausage patties and turkey sausage patty products – were recalled by George’s Prepared Food, located in Caryville, Tenn.
The items included in the recall were produced on April 19, April 27, May 7 and May 9. The packages were shipped to Walmart stores nationwide, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service said. No health issues have been reported as a result of these products. However, health officials advise that no one should consume them because of the possible salmonella contamination.
Dangers of Salmonella
Salmonella is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States. Each year, salmonella infections, called salmonellosis, sicken more than a million people. Up to 450 die from salmonella poisoning annually. Any raw or undercooked animal product can carry salmonella. That includes meat, unpasteurized dairy products like milk, cheese, eggs, and seafood. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts also can become contaminated with salmonella.
Typically, people with salmonella infections have no symptoms. Others develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within eight to 72 hours. Most healthy people recover within a few days without any particular treatment. In some cases, the diarrhea associated with a salmonella infection can be so dehydrating that it could require prompt medical attention. Life-threatening complications also may develop if the infection spreads beyond the intestines. Salmonella is also the most common cause of hospitalizations that are triggered by food poisoning in the United States.
If You Have Been Sickened
If you are experiencing symptoms of salmonella or any type of food poisoning, it is important that you receive prompt medical attention. Insist that the hospital or doctor run tests to determine if you have suffered food poisoning. Isolate the food that sickened you. However, you may want to preserve the suspect food so you can have it tested independently in a laboratory for the presence of pathogens. Report your illness to the local healthcare agency, which tracks outbreaks relating to food-borne illnesses.
It would also be in your best interest to contact an experienced food poisoning lawyer who will fight hard to protect your rights and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses. Victims of food poisoning may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization and pain and suffering