Upscale Brands Recall Foods Containing Hard Boiled Eggs

According to the FDA, Allison’s Gourmet Kitchens and Wegmans Supermarkets are among the latest U.S. brands to recall potentially contaminated foods. For a full list of Allison’s Gourmet Kitchen recalled products, and the states affected, click here. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm290198.htm?source=govdelivery For a full list of Wegmans recalled products, and the stores affected, click here. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm290212.htm?source=govdelivery How to Avoid Listeria Poisoning Awareness is still the best way to prevent food poisoning, so here’s a quick guide to Listeria facts. What is Listeria? Listeria monocytogenes is one of the most virulent pathogens in our food supply today, and the leading cause of death among foodborne contaminants. Listeria is found in a surprising variety of foods, from raw fruits and vegetables, to cooked meat and pasteurized dairy. While pasteurization and sufficient cooking kill Listeria, contamination can still occur before packaging. Is Listeria dangerous? The disease caused by Listeria monocytogenes, Listeriosis, is rare but serious. Affecting primarily pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems, in its overt form, the disease’s mortality rate is greater than 20%. To put it in perspective, Salmonella has a mortality rate of less than 1%. See a doctor right away if you think you may have been exposed to Listeria. What are the symptoms of Listeria poisoning? Listeria poisoning can cause sepsis and meningitis, and miscarriages or stillbirths among pregnant women. High fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea are all symptoms of Listeria infection. Pregnancy and Listeria To be on the safe side, expectant mothers are urged to avoid foods that can carry an elevated risk of Listeria contamination. Foods to avoid during pregnancy include soft cheeses like Feta, Brie andCamembert, raw milk cheeses, sushi, hot dogs, and deli meat. If you suspect that you or a loved one have been sickened by tainted food contact us for a free case appraisal.

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In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP