News agencies reported that more than 8,000 packages of smoked salmon were recalled because of potential Listeria contamination. A month earlier, Listeria was the cause of a recall of packaged 5 and 7-layer dips. EMSL Analytical, a foodborne pathogen-testing firm, now has labs across the nation to aid food companies in testing their products for pathogens and increasing the potential for reducing recalls in the future.
According to Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc, Joe Frasca, "Listeriosis is the name of a general group of disorders caused by Listeria monocytogenes. The manifestations of listeriosis include septicemia, meningitis, encephalitis and intrauterine or cervical infections in pregnant women, which may result in spontaneous abortion or stillbirth. These health concerns, product recalls and the costs associated with lawsuits due to food poisoning can be prevented with testing for Listeria and other foodborne pathogens. EMSL has laboratories across North America that provide these vital testing services."
A news release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that "Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is an important public health problem in the United States. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, personal without these risk factors can also be affected."
As Charleston personal injury lawyer , I've noticed the increase in recalled due to food pathogens. I hope that preventative testing will allow the food industry to more rigorously screen for pathogens. However, if you have been injured by the consumption of a contamination food product, I suggest that you seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.