The CDC announced 16 people have become sick, and one has died after consuming salmonella kosher chicken. Eight people required hospitalization. This also included the person who died. The agency also received reports from multiple states.
Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. The bacteria usually live in animal and human intestines and shed through feces. Consuming contaminated water or food spreads the infection to humans. Symptoms last two to seven days. Diarrhea may last up to 10 days, however, it may take several months before bowels return to normal. However, salmonella can develop into typhoid fever. This is a deadly disease. About 300 people get typhoid fever in the United States each year. About 22 million cases of typhoid fever and 200,000 related deaths occur worldwide each year.
FDA Discovered Salmonella Kosher Chicken
The CDC first began investigating Empire Kosher brand in June. The agency also received several complaints from people in New York complaining of illness after eating salmonella kosher chicken. After investigating, it identified salmonella from raw chicken collected from two facilities.
The outbreak began September 25, 2017, to June 4, 2018. As of August 2018, 17 people developed salmonella and one person died. The states involved are Maryland, New York, Pennsylva, and Virginia. The CDC received the death report from New York.
Those most at risk for severe illness and complications are children younger than 5 and adults over 65, as well as people with compromised immune systems. The youngest patient in this outbreak is younger than 1 year old, and the oldest is 76. Also, 53% of the victims are female.
If Injured by the Outbreak
Food poisoning lawsuits play an important role in keeping food systems safe. These lawsuits hold negligent corporations accountable. Plus, it shows lawmakers that food safety is imperative. When outbreaks caused by bacteria or viruses injure people, most of the time it is from a manufacturer being negligent. The company is fully aware of their potentially dangerous practices and do not correct it. Thus, customers’ lives are endangered.