Listeria poisoning, also known as listeriosis, is a life-threatening food poisoning caused by eating foods contaminated with the listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Listeria poisoning can cause severe illness or even death if not diagnosed and properly treated.
Pregnant women, young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are more likely to suffer more serious illnesses as a result of listeria contamination. Vegetables, meat, dairy products and processed foods can be contaminated with the bacteria that cause listeriosis.
If you suspect you or a loved one has been exposed to listeria poisoning, seek medical help immediately. The lawyers of Cory Watson Attorneys are investigating recent outbreaks of listeriosis and providing legal consultation for victims of the food poisoning outbreak. Call our toll-free hotline today at (877) 878-6069 for a free case evaluation.
Symptoms of Listeria Food Poisoning
The most common symptoms of listeria poisoning are:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Flu-like symptoms including chills
When listeriosis spreads to the nervous system, symptoms may include headache or a stiff neck. Listeriosis is particularly threatening to pregnant women, as the bacterial infection can be responsible for stillbirth, miscarriage or premature delivery.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that people who develop symptoms of listeriosis should seek medical care and tell their healthcare provider about eating potentially contaminated product. Listeriosis symptoms usually occur within hours or days of being exposed to the listeria bacteria, but in some cases, it can take up to 2 months for the bacteria to cause illness.
Experienced Food Safety Attorneys
Most cases of food poisoning in the U.S. are caused by contamination by listeria, salmonella or E. Coli bacteria. Consumers also have legal rights when it comes to food safety. The experienced food safety attorneys at Cory Watson have represented food poisoning victims for more than 30 years and are available for a free legal consultation. Call (877) 878-6069 now to request a confidential consultation.