An investigation is underway researching the 38 cases of illness that have been linked to a possible E. coli infection from the General Mills flour products. To date, the strain of E. coli O121 has not been found in any of the General Mills flour products. Approximately half of the 38 cases reported, however, made food with the flour product prior to getting ill. To be cautious, General Mills voluntarily decided to recall the product.
Most strains of E. coli are harmless. Others, such as E. coli 0121 are potentially deadly bacterium that can make you sick. Food producers have a duty to safeguard the public from distributing contaminated food products.
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A claim for negligent production and distribution of contaminated food against the business or manufacturer will seek recovery of medical bills, lost wages, out of pocket expenses and pain and suffering.
So when should you contact an attorney regarding a possible claim?
Food poisoning cases are relatively common, and some cases are misdiagnosed. If you are not feeling well after a meal, it does not necessarily mean you have food poisoning. In order to make a successful claim, you must prove you ate a poison causing bacteria or virus that originated in the food. If your illness requires you to seek medical treatment, which results in a diagnosis of food poisoning, you should contact an attorney. You should also contact your local health department to report the incident.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with food poisoning due to a virus or bacteria in a food you ate, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green. We offer free no obligation consultations.
FDA.gov, “Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra, and Signature Kitchens Flour Recalled Due to Possible E. coli O121 Contamination”