Every parent wants their children to grow up healthy and strong. In pursuit of this goal, we often spend significant time, energy, and money seeking out the best products for our children’s health. This search includes not just foods and vitamins, but supplements and other nutrients as well.
Unfortunately, there are times when foods and other nutritional products are sold with insufficient or incomplete warnings. Even worse, some products intended for infants and children reach the market with defects, adulterations, contamination, or other problems. Such products can lead to significant injuries to infants and children, and even death.
Lieff Cabraser has a compelling track record in cases involving infant and child food injuries. We are prosecuting a case against the Simply Thick nutritional supplement for injuries it allegedly caused to hundreds of infants. We have also been involved in cases centering on contaminated foodstuffs like peanut butter.
As reported by the Washington Post and others, salmonella outbreaks that sickened over 500 people and sent dozens to the hospital across the country underscore “serious weaknesses” in U.S. oversight of poultry plants. A separate investigation by Consumer Reports suggested that those lapses have contributed to the prevalence of potentially harmful bacteria that lurk in store-bought chicken. The magazine independently tested more than 300 raw chicken breasts purchased from stores across the country and found that every major brand contained “worrisome amounts” of pathogens such as salmonella and E.coli, including some strains resistant to treatment with antibiotics.
This food supply danger with respect to chicken is of particular concern to parents. Chicken is commonly thought to be an excellent protein supply for young children, but the immune systems of the young are often incapable of coping with these contaminating bacteria (the same is true for the elderly as well).
In addition, researchers found no significant difference in the presence of troublesome bacteria between conventional chicken breasts and those labeled “organic” or “no antibiotics.” The Pew study was prompted by two salmonella outbreaks linked to chicken produced by California-based Foster Farms, which did not respond to calls and e-mails Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified hundreds of victims across the country, but the agency said that because salmonella cases largely go undiagnosed, as many as 15,000 people could have been sickened by the contaminated meat. That number potentially includes hundreds, if not thousands, of children.
If your child has been sickened by chicken or another food product you feel may have been contaminated, we invite you to use the form below contact a child injury attorney at Lieff Cabraser for a free, no-obligation review of your contaminated food case. You can also call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Fabrice Vincent.