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High number of food recalls strike fear in consumers

The news of many food recalls is leaving people scrambling wondering if they are going to ingest something that might harm them. In recent days, there have been recalls of items due to concerns of salmonella. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that more of these are likely going to be forthcoming in the upcoming days due to the source of potential contamination. In these cases, the recalls are being done out of an abundance of caution, but the situation is still scary nonetheless.

Another recall recently was due to a botulism concern. The product is a Taco Bell branded cheese dip that was sold to consumers in stores. The risk of botulism is serious because of the risk of death that occurs with this illness. The symptoms can appear as soon as six hours after exposure or up to 10 days after; however, the majority occur in the 10- to 36-hour window. Another reason this one is scary is that there aren't any warning signs that the product might be contaminated. It will look and smell just fine.

People have to eat, but now is a time when being very careful is warranted. If you show any signs of being ill after consuming a food product, seeking medical care might be in order.

Ultimately, you shouldn't be financially liable for the impacts of these illnesses. Instead, you can opt to hold the liable parties accountable for their negligence. A product liability lawsuit might be in order if you are facing a serious illness or lose a loved one due to a contaminated item.

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