If you purchased Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit by Oregon Freeze Dry from Costco with a Feb. 14, 2015 to March 11, 2015 “best by” date, you should dispose of any unopened product or return it to Costco and monitor your health. Look for this date on the product:
Best Before Date: FEB 14 2015 – MAR 11 2015 (which reads FEB142015 – MAR112015)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)was able to contact people who purchased the product because shoppers must use a Costco card at checkout which provides the FDA with customer name and address information.
According to the FDA, there are no confirmed cases of salmonella illness.
In all, 59,780 cases of the product were voluntarily recalled after the company found that the product may have been contaminated. From the lists of states where the product was shipped to, it appears that none of the suspect product was shipped to Washington, Idaho or Oregon.
Salmonellosis is a bacterial infection which can result in abdominal cramps, severe diarrhea, and fever. People infected with the bacteria usually become ill within 12 to 72 hours. Most infected people do not require treatment however those with severe diarrhea may need to be hospitalized especially if the infection has spread to the blood stream.
Infants, pregnant women, the elderly and people with impaired immune systems are especially vulnerable to serious illness in the case of an infection.
There are approximately 42,000 reported cases of salmonellosis every year in the United States and an average of 400 die from the infection or its complications.
One long-term consequence of salmonellosis is a type of reactive arthritis which can last months or years and can result in chronic arthritis.
Here are some tips to prevent salmonella infection:
- Thoroughly cook foods containing eggs and raw products such as unpasteurized milk, ground beef and poultry.
- In restaurants, don’t hesitate to return undercooked meat.
- Wash hands and cutting and cooking surfaces when cooking with raw meat and poultry.
- Be especially careful with raw foods around babies, the elderly, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.
- Wash your hands thoroughly if you handle pet reptiles.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have become seriously ill due to foodborne illness. If you have experienced serious illness requiring hospitalization, you may have a claim for your medical expenses, loss of wages and for pain and suffering against the restaurant or food supplier if their negligence resulted in your illness. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.