The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a possible link between salmonella food positioning and Malt-O-Meal cereal. People have apparently been sickened in by the same salmonella strain in 21 states, however no cases have been reported in Washington State. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three people have been hospitalized but there have been no deaths.
Malt-0-Meal is recalling its Puffed Rice and unsweetened Puffed Wheat Cereals with “Best if Used By” codes between April 8, 2008 and March 18, 2009. If you have cereal on your shelf marked with these dates, the company urges you to dispose of them. Recall information can be found on the company’s web-site at www.malt-o-meal.com/recallinfo/.
Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include:
• Dehydration • Nausea • Vomiting • Fever • Diarrhea and bloody diarrhea • Abdominal crams
Salmonella poisioning can be especially dangerous to the very young, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
If you or a family member has become seriously ill due to a food-borne illness, you should contact a personal injury attorney. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years experience in representing people with foodborne illness. Contact The Farber Law Group today for a free consultation. Click here for Foodborne Illness resources.