Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) November 17, 2012
Scott Starr, of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced today that it was investigating the recall of ricotta cheese sold at Whole Food Markets due to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
The ricotta cheese product that is the subject of the recall was supplied to Whole Food Markets by New York Based Forever Cheese Incorporated. The cheese was packaged, sliced into wedges, within a clear plastic container labeled as “Ricotta Salata Frescolina.” The packages of the recalled cheese product have a label listing the product code PLU 293427 with sell-by dates through Oct. 2 (Source: http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/19536702/whole-foods-market-announces). The ricotta cheese was distributed to Whole Food Markets in 21 states across the country ranging from New York to California. A complete list of impacted states can be found at the FDA’s official recall site listed here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm322347.htm
Listeria monocytogenes is a microorganism that causes mild infectious symptoms, like fever and nausea, when it is introduced into a human system. The infection is usually mild and temporary for most adults but it can pose significant health risks to the young, elderly or those with weakened immune systems. Additionally, the infection has been shown to cause stillbirths and miscarriages among pregnant women infected. (See: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm322347.htm)
Starr, who is a partner of Starr, Austen & Miller and an attorney with products liability experience, stated regarding the recall, “Cases of food poisoning like this, involving not just temporary discomfort, but the threat of serve illness and death are the core reasons for the imposition of liability in cases involving food contamination. Public policy necessitates that the consumer public has a readily available legal recourse for calamitous circumstances inflicted upon them through no fault of their own.”
As of this posting it has been reported that 14 illnesses in a variety of states have been linked to this outbreak of the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. (Source: http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/19536702/whole-foods-market-announces)
If you purchased the ricotta cheese product subject to the recall and later contracted a bacterial infection, you may be able to seek legal recourse in the form of a product liability lawsuit. Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney who also has experience with food related products liability who can help you understand your options.