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Bliven Law Firm, P.C. is a Montana personal injury law firm located in Northwest Montana serving all of Montana. A group of experienced, dedicated professionals who care about their clients’ needs. Our Montana personal injury attorneys have over 25 years of experience in aggressively pursuing the goals of our clients.

CATEGORY ARCHIVES: PRODUCT LIABILITY

MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF GROUND BEEF RECALLED DUE TO POSSIBLE PRESENCE OF E.COLI, THE 0157:H7 CONTAMINATION

470_2645275-300x240The USDA recalled 10 lb. pageages of “National Beef” 80/20 Coarse Ground chuck. The exact details can be found under the News Release portion of USDA. http://www.fsis.usda.gov. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a total of 33 persons have been infected with the deadly Shinga Toxin producing Escherichia coli commonly referenced as (STECO157:H7). The major concern with this toxin is that for young children, the elderly or otherwise immune compromised individuals, may develop HUS. HUS is a type of kidney failure that can result in kidney failure and death. Symptoms develop over a period of 4-7 days after consumption and include, vomiting, ,

Diarrhea along with high fever and fatigue. If you have eaten this product and you are experiencing the above symptoms within the incubation period seek medical help immediately.

There have been no reports accounted for in Montana. There have been 2 cases of HUS which have resulted as of this date. Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (or haemolytic-uraemic syndrome), abbreviated HUS, is a disease characterized by hemolytic anemia (anemia caused by destruction of red blood cells), acute kidney failure (uremia), and a low platelet count (thrombocytopenia). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemolytic-uremic_syndrome. This condition is often caused by the STEC) 157:H7 toxin. In other outbreaks it has led to death. In many situations physicians will treat symptoms with anti-biotics. This makes the situation worse in most cases. If HUS is detected in my opinion only a top level trauma center would be recommended. Since there are no such trauma centers here in Montana or Flathead County, patients in my experience have been successfully treated at Sacred Heart in Spokane, Harbor View, and Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital.

The Department of Agriculture has detected the toxin from the National Beef Packing Co. in Liberal Kansas. Approximately 23,000 pounds have been recalled.

Although no cases have been reported yet in Montana, the CDC is concerned that the beef may still be in freezers. Moreover much of the plants products are sold to fast food distributors which could enlarge the outbreak to other states including Montana. Moreover, the condition travels with you. If you consume the product at a fast food restaurant in another state then you may suffer from the E. Coli although there are no reported cases here in Montana yet. Often it takes a year to understand the full extent of an outbreak.

If you are unsure, contact your local health department they will take down your symptoms and compare them with those of the particular outbreak identified by the CDC. If you feel you have suffered food poisoning obtain medical attention without delay and contact our office to protect your legal rights. We fight for those who suffer from unsafe food production.

Written by Scott L. Anderson, food poisoning attorney, licensed in Montana, Oregon Alaska 

 WASHINGTON, June 18, 2013 – National Beef Packing Co., a Liberal, Kan., establishment, is recalling approximately 22,737 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

• 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Coarse Ground Chuck, package code “0481.”
• 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 81/19 Coarse Ground Beef, package code “0421.”
• 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code “0484.”

All these products have a “USE BY/SELL BY DATE” of June 14, 2013, and bear the establishment number “EST. 208A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on May 25, 2013, and shipped to various institutions and retail establishments in Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, Mississippi, Illinois, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Arizona. FSIS and the establishment are concerned that some product may be frozen and in shoppers’ freezers.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E.coli O157:H7. An investigation determined the firm was the sole supplier of the source materials used to produce the positive product. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls

BLISS UNLIMITED, LLC, VOLUNTARILY RECALLS LUNA & LARRY’S COCONUT BLISS CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER NON-DAIRY FROZEN DESSERT, DUE TO POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

ucm323160Bliss Unlimited, LLC, Eugene, Oregon is recalling Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert with codes dates Nov 11 2012 through Oct 24 2013 only. This recall is being initiated because the peanut butter used in the product for these specific code dates is supplied by Sunland, Inc., which has issued a national recall of some of its products due to possible contamination with Salmonella.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The product was distributed to retail stores throughout the United States between November 2010 and December 2011.  It is packaged in One Pint (473ml) paperboard containers with UPC code 8 96767 00121 9 printed on the back of the container, and the stamp with 41-61 and a date range of Nov 11 2012 through Oct 24 2012 printed on the bottom of the container.

To date, there have been no reported illnesses attributed to Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert and the recall does not include any other flavors or date codes.For more information on the recall, please visit the FDA press release.

If you have suffered serious or life-threatening illness from consuming Salmonella contaminated food products in Montana, contact the Montana trial lawyers at Bliven Law Firm, P.C.

Our Kalispell attorneys have experience representing Montana food-poisoning-victims in food poisoning lawsuits. In Montana, there are many different types of food product liability cases including Salmonella and E Coli.  If you have suffered serious illness from food poisoning in Montana, call one of our Kalispell lawyers to discuss your Salmonella or other food poisoning case.

 

DRY AND SMOKED VOBLA FISH RECALLED DUE TO BOTULISM CONCERNS

images (1)LA Star Seafood Co. Inc., Los Angeles, CA is recalling Vobla Dry and Vobla Smoked because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

The sale of improperly eviscerated fish, 5 inches in length or greater, is prohibited because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish. Uneviscerated fish has been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning which may pose a potentially life-threatening health hazard. Symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis which may lead to death. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

The following products are recalled:

  • Vobla Dry, 20lb bulk boxes, not vacuum packed, no lot numbers or expiration dates.
  • Vobla Smoked, 20lb bulk boxes, not vacuum packed, no lot numbers or expiration dates.

Products were distributed and sold at: Arbat Store, Utah; European Importing, Russian Import, and M and M Market, Northern California; Golden Farms Market, Karabagh Market, and Tashkent Market, Southern California; Global Importing, Oregon; Solomon’s Groceries and Europa, Colorado.

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If you have suffered injuries and damages as a result of Botulism from a purchased product, contact the Kalispell lawyers of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.

For more than 18 years, Bliven Law Firm, P.C. lawyers have represented personal injury victims and have won Millions in settlements and judgments for their clients.

MORPHINE SULFATE INJECTION RECALLED

Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), announced today it is initiating a voluntary user level recall of one lot of Morphine Sulfate Injection USP, 4 mg/mL (C-II), 1 mL fill in 2.5 mL Carpuject, NDC 0409-1258-30, due to a customer report of two Carpujects syringes containing more than the 1 mL labeled fill volume. Opioid pain medications such as morphine have life-threatening consequences if overdosed.

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If you or someone you know, suspects they have been injured by an overdose of a morphine injection, contact the Kalispell law firm of Bliven Law Firm, P.C.

Our law firm has three Kalispell lawyers who represent the innocent victims of those who have been harmed by the negligence of others.

In addition to personal injury and product liability, the three Kalispell attorney firm of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. represents injured individuals with Workers Compensation claims.

SUB SANDWICHES RECALLED AFTER THREAT OF CONTAMINANT DISCOVERED

M.E. Thompson, Inc. is expanding the recall of its Anytime Deli Turkey & Ham Footlong, to include Italian Footlong, and Classic Cuban, because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

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For more than 18 years, the Kalispell law firm of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. has represented the innocent victims of Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Lakeside, Whitefish, Libby, Troy and the Flathead Valley who have been injured by the negligent acts of third parties.

If you suspect you have suffered food poisoning because of food bought or prepared by a third-party contact one of the three Kalispell Lawyers at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation. You may be entitled to legal compensation for your injuries.