You do all you can to promote a healthy diet for your family. Your efforts may include carefully reading labels, excluding artificial ingredients, limiting fats and sugars and increasing fruits and vegetables. However, one of the biggest risks is undetectable by the naked eye, nose or taste bud — food contamination.
Medline Plus reports that more than 48 million people in the United States are sickened each year by foodborne pathogens, such as E. coli, hepatitis A, listeria, salmonella and campylobacter infection. Food poisoning can cause unpleasant symptoms, including upset stomach, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and dehydration. In the most severe cases, food contamination can result in permanent or fatal injuries, especially in children, seniors or people with compromised immune systems.
Even with so much at stake, food companies regularly mishandle their products and put consumers at risk of serious illnesses. Because these companies distribute their products across the Southeast region or the entire country, foodborne illnesses can spread rapidly and widely across large geographic and demographic areas. For this reason, pinpointing the source of contamination is also made more difficult.
The Georgia Food Industry Association (GFIA) issues recall alerts to its members in the food industry. Within a one-week period, these companies announced recalls of certain contaminated products:
Garden-Fresh Foods Inc.
Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc.
Dutch Treat Salads, LLC
World Class Distribution
Companies that grow, produce, package, transport and sell your food owe you a duty of care to avoid harmful contamination.