Our law firm is currently investigating possible legal actions against the manufacturers of Mexican and Central American style soft cheeses tainted by a deadly strain of Listeria. According to the CDC there have been 8 reported cases of Listeria infections, including one death, due to the consumption of Cuajada en Terron cheese produced by Roos Foods of Kenton, Delaware. The dairy and cheese manufacturer may have sold the soft cheese under the brand names, Santa Rosa de Lima, Amigo, Mexicana, Suyapa, La Chapina, and La Purisima Crema Nica. The death took place in the state of California while the 7 other reported listeria incidents took place in the state of Maryland. The Center for Disease Control (CDC), Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene and the California Department of health and human safety are investigating the outbreak in order to determine the extent and magnitude of the issue. According to the CDC Listeria can result in severe medical side effects in pregnant mothers and their fetuses including, premature delivery, loss of pregnancy, long term and permanent disabilities, and stillbirth. Compensation Available for Victims of Food Poisoning: Under product liability laws across the United States any individual within the chain of command or control of a defective product may be held liable for injuries resultign form its use and or consumption. This can include, producers of the dairy product, national and regional distributors, and local merchants selling the tainted cheese. As such, victims of food poisoning are entitled to compensation for all damages incurred. This can include the following…
- All medical and hospitalization costs
- All future medical rehabilitation, or home care needs
- Loss of salary or loss of future income
- Mental anguish including pain and suffering
- Punitive Damages – such compensation can be awarded when the liable party acted with either the intent to cause harm or reckless indifference for the life and health of others.