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Taylor Farms recalls 5,000+ pounds of broccoli salad product

Taylor Farms, a producer of bagged salad kits and other foods beloved by some Texas denizens, recently issued a recall for more than 5,000 pounds of one of its products. The affected items were "Broccoli Crunch" salad kits that may have been contaminated with the Listeria bacteria, and reports said that they were produced between Oct. 21 and 23.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the salad packs were distributed to delis and other retailers in multiple states, including a number on the East Coast. The Food and Drug Administration specifically issued a recall on the dressing packets contained in the salads. Although no illnesses have been reported as of yet, the defective products bear the potential to cause a number of symptoms in the elderly, infants, pregnant women and anyone else with compromised immune systems.

The Taylor Farms announcement follows on the heels of a Listeria scare that led to the recall of 109,000 cases of ready-to-eat products put out by Reser's Fine Foods. Reports say that people affected by Listeriosis may experience spasms, confusion, headaches, diarrhea, fevers, muscle aches and other problems that affect their GI tracts.

Defective products may cause serious medical problems for unwitting consumers who may not be informed about the hazards until well after they've already used the items in question. These victims may wish to initiate personal injury lawsuits against manufacturers in order to recoup the costs of the emergency or long-term medical treatment they require. These lawsuits aren't always successful, however, especially when they target the wrong parties, such as retail distributors. Personal injury attorneys may be able to guide victims by identifying existing class-action lawsuits they can join or investigating the histories of products that may have caused health problems.

Source: CNN, "Broccoli salad recalled for possible Listeria", October 27, 2013

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