The Pritzker Hageman Listeria lawyers are accepting illness and wrongful death cases associated with an ongoing Listeria outbreak linked to deli-sliced meat and cheese. Eight Illnesses have been reported from New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania. One person from Michigan has died.
This outbreak began in late 2016. At this time, no products have been recalled as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) has not yet identified a common supplier of the contaminated food. Until they do, they won’t release brand names or the names of stores or even the type of meat or cheese associated with the outbreak.
The public disclosure of brands, names of companies or stores is not required to file a lawsuit. If there is evidence that demonstrates a link between the contaminated product and the illness, a claim can be filed.
The only specific information about the products involved in this outbreak has come from Consumer Reports, which was conducting its own analysis of counter-sliced deli meats in 2018. One of the samples they collected and tested was positive for Listeria. Genetic tests showed that the strain closely resembles the strain cultured from the people who became ill. The tainted product was sliced turkey from a deli in New York City.
It was late 2018 when the outbreak included six illnesses and Consumer Reports shared its findings with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and with New York City’s health department. Since that time, two more illnesses were reported in February and March of this year.
Deli Meat and Cheese Listeria Outbreak
A total of eight cases from four states have been reported since November 2016; three in Pennsylvania, two in Michigan, two in New York and one in New Jersey. All of the people who got sick needed to be hospitalized. One person in Michigan died.
The age range for case-patients in this outbreak is 40 to 88 years old with a median age of 57. During interviews with health officials, those sickened reported eating meats and cheeses sliced at deli counters before they became ill. Outbreak investigators collected samples from the delis where these people shopped and tested them for Listeria. The outbreak strain was found in samples collected from multiple stores in New York and Rhode Island.
Some people are at heightened risk for Listeria infections. Those most at risk are pregnant women, seniors and people with compromised immune systems. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and infection of the newborn. The CDC advises that people in these high-risk groups refrain from eating eat deli meats unless they are heated to an internal temperature of 165°F before serving.
If you are among those sickened in this outbreak or if you have experienced the wrongful death of a loved one and would like to discuss your legal options with our Listeria lawyers. Call 1 (888) 377-8900, send a text to 612-261-0856. Or, complete the form below. The consultation is free and there is no obligation.