Hog Head Cheese Outbreak and Recall
In August, 2010 the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry announced a recall of 500,000 pounds of Veron Food Inc. meat products, including ready to eat hog head cheese and sausage after as many as 14 Listeria illnesses were linked to the company's products. In April, 2011 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that of those sickened seven had been hospitalized and two had died as a result of their listeriosis infections. Despite its name, hog head cheese is a meat jelly made from swine heads and feet.
Symptoms of Listeria
Symptoms of a listeriosis infection may include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions can occur. In immune-deficient individuals, Listeria can invade the central nervous system, causing meningitis and/or encephalitis (brain infection). Infected pregnant women ordinarily experience only a mild, flu-like illness.
Risk of Listeria to Pregnant Women
A listeriosis infection may be especially dangerous for a pregnant woman as infection during pregnancy lead to miscarriage or stillbirth. In other cases a newborn may be born with an early-onset blood infection.
Contact the Marler Clark Listeria Attorneys
The Listeria attorneys of Marler Clark have unmatched foodborne illness litigation experience. If you or a family member became ill with a listeriosis infection after consuming contaminated Veron hog head cheese or other meat products and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact a Marler Clark Listeria lawyer for a free case evaluation.
Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Listeria outbreaks and other foodborne illnesses. The law firm is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. You can fill out the contact form or call toll-free at 866-770-2032. There is no cost to you.