Target recalls frozen products for potential contamination
Frozen ready-to-eat and not-ready-to-eat meat and poultry products shipped by Target Corporation to a store in Honolulu, Hawaii, have been recalled because of shipping issues that may have exposed the products to bacteria contamination. A long list of products may have been contaminated with e. coli, listeria, or salmonella, because of a serious food safety issue.
The recalled products were exposed to temperatures greater than 60 degrees for over five hours, which is considered temperature abuse for frozen food products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that the products are being recalled because of the potential contamination. Food poisoning can often result when food safety regulations are not followed properly.
Recalled products include frozen ready-to-eat and not-ready-to-eat meat and poultry items that were sold from March 23, 2018, to March 27, 2018, at the Target retail store on Ala Moana Blvd in Honolulu. FSIS has expressed concern that many consumers may have these products in their freezers. These items are not safe to eat and should be disposed of properly.
Frozen food products that were not kept at the proper temperature during transit may be contaminated with bacteria, including e. coli, listeria, or salmonella. Consumers who eat these products may suffer from serious gastrointestinal symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Other serious side-effects can also result, including long-term illness and even death.
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. It can be fatal, and is often diagnosed following onset of sepsis, encephalitis or meningitis. Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 2 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 14 days, but in some cases can cause months or years of ongoing gastrointestinal illness and immune system compromise.
If you any of these frozen products purchased at the Target retail store, you are encouraged to return them to the store for a refund. If you have any questions about this or any other potential food borne illness outbreak, call the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901 to learn more about your options.