Smithfield Packing Recalls 38,000lbs. Of Sausage

What Happened

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a recall for the Smithfield Packing Company for 38,000 pounds of pork sausage due a contamination issue.

It is believed that plastic from gloves has made its way into the product; plastic pieces were discovered and reported by consumers. The sausages were sold in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The contaminated products are one pound packages of Gwaltney mild pork sausage rolls with a use by date of March 12, 2013 and cases with a case code of 78533109741. The products bear the establishment number Est. 221-A inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture mark of inspection.

The products were distributed in Alabama, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

The North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers’ Perspective

Anyone who has had food poisoning will tell you that it is a miserable experience which they never want to repeat. The Centers for Disease Control estimates foodborne illnesses cause 76 million illnesses and result in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths yearly in the United States. There are three basic types of food contamination; physical, chemical, and biological. All three types of contamination can cause serious illness, injury, or death. Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria are just a few of pathogens that can invade a food product; those who consume the contaminated item can have long term health consequences. In 2009 a salmonella outbreak was discovered in peanuts and it’s by products such as peanut butter. According to the CDC, the contamination caused 107 hospitalizations as well as eight deaths and hundreds more victims to become sick. Food poisoning lawsuits are complex and science-based. In order to prove negligence in a food poisoning case, it is crucial to have personal injury lawyers that have both knowledge of the field and real trial experience. If you think you are eligible for tainted food lawsuit, contact our North Carolina (NC) food poisoning attorneys for confidential analysis.

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