On October 7, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a Public Health Alert regarding illness caused by the antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg. This outbreak has been linked to chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three California facilities. So far, 430 people in 23 states and Puerto Rico have been made ill by this outbreak. Nearly three quarters of those impacted live in California.
Salmonella outbreaks at poultry processing plants are not entirely unusual. However, slaughter practices that increase the likelihood of an outbreak can be controlled. Foster Farms is currently under investigation for its practices, but victims of this outbreak should speak to an attorney about getting compensation for medical expenses and other damages through a personal injury lawsuit.
Poultry companies have a responsibility to ensure their products are safe for consumption. When questionable processing practices result in an outbreak of disease, you may be entitled to seek damages though legal action.
Bakersfield product liability attorney Mickey Fine has over 37 years of experience helping victims of negligent companies get maximum compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured by this latest salmonella outbreak, he would be happy to meet with you free of charge to discuss your rights and help you choose the best course of action.
To schedule a free consultation with our experienced California personal injury attorney, please contact The Law Offices of Mickey Fine today.