16 Cases of Salmonella Food Poisoning Reported Across 5 States
The FDA issued 2 separate press releases on January 25, 2013 announcing over one thousand pounds of recalled ground beef which is believed to have been the source of at least 16 cases of food poisoning from Salmonella contamination. The Salmonella outbreak has caused sickness spread over 5 states.
The likely source of the Salmonella contamination was traced to 2 different retail stores in Michigan; Jouni Meats in Sterling Heights and Gab Halal Foods in Troy, Michigan. Of the 16 cases, 7 of the people sickened reported that they had eaten kibbeth at a Michigan restaurant but the other 9 people were from Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa and had no association with that restaurant. The FDA Food Safety Inspection Service did DNA testing on the infected people and confirmed that all of them were infected with the same strain of Salmonella.
The people who became ill reported the onset of their illnesses from December 9 through January 7. It is important to note that symptoms of Salmonella infection can take as long as 2 to 3 weeks for people to report from when the first symptoms appear. The most common symptoms of Salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever and can last from 5 to 7 days. Most healthy individuals can withstand a case of food poisoning, albeit they are sick and very uncomfortable. But infants, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems (those with HIV, organ transplants, chemotherapy patients, etc.) are more likely to become seriously ill and are at risk of dying.
Two of the Salmonella Food Poisoning Victims Have Retained a Personal Injury Attorney
So far no one who was infected from the Salmonella tainted ground beef has died. Two of the food poisoning victims, Mary Ann Thomas of Sterling Heights, Michigan and her sister required hospitalization after they had eaten kibbeh which they thought had been made with raw lamb. According to coverage in the New York Daily News, after becoming ill they discovered that the kibbeh had been made with the uncooked Salmonella tainted ground beef. They have sought the services of a personal injury attorney and are seeking damages.