The Missouri Department of Health has announced that they have uncovered a Salmonella contamination at an egg facility. This facility is owned by the Good Earth Egg Company and is located in Bonne Terre, Missouri. The facility was promptly closed after testing revealed the presence of Salmonella, and will remain closed until the facility is cleaned and further testing is done. Health officials have said that anyone who buys eggs from the Good Earth Egg Company needs to cook them to 165 degrees in order to eliminate any potential pathogens. Health officials have also warned consumers to avoid cross contamination while preparing the eggs. Proper hand washing is also suggested.
Salmonella poisoning is one of the most common forms of foodborne illness in America. It occurs when someone consumes contaminated food or water. Symptoms of the illness will appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection, and will include abdominal cramping, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In many cases, someone infected with Salmonella will recover within a week and without medical attention. However, in those with certain risk factors, such as the elderly, children, and those with suppressed immune systems, the illness may linger or worsen, making medical attention necessary. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, contact a medical professional.
If you or a loved one suspects you are infected with salmonella as a result of consuming Good Earth Egg Company’s products, seek medical attention immediately. Even if your condition is not life-threatening, blood and stool samples may be necessary to establish the source of your illness. Contact the food poisoning lawyers at the Merman Law Firm for competent, compassionate representation. Our team of salmonella lawyers are here to help.