P & S Ravioli Company E.coli Lawyer Update
P & S Ravioli Company E.coli Lawyer Update: FSIS Issues Health Alert Due to E. coli O157: H7 Risks.
A public health alert was issued on May 12, 2020, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) concerning a selected amount of beef ravioli products produced by P&S Ravioli Company. The FSIS issued the alert due to a potential E. coli O157: H7 contamination of approximately 70 pounds of raw beef ravioli products. The potentially contaminated products were produced by the ravioli company on April 30, 2020. At the moment no recall has been issued on the potentially contaminated products but the FSIS is urging consumers to avoid eating the ravioli products.
The potential contamination was discovered by a third-party laboratory, who informed P&S Ravioli Company that samples products had tested positive for E. coli O157: H7. Soon after the contamination was discovered the FSIS was contacted and informed that the products which were associated with the contaminated samples had already been shipped out for commercial purchase. The FSIS has voiced their concerns that consumers may have the contaminated products inside their freezer unaware of the contamination, which why they are advising all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume the raw ground beef product if it has been cooked at a temperature of 160°F.
The potentially contaminated ravioli products were shipped to a limited number of retail locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They were sold in 13-oz. boxes containing “P&S RAVIOLI COMPANY 12 JUMBO MEAT RAVIOLI” with a use-by date of 11/30/2020 and lot code 20121. The establishment number “EST. 2736” can be found inside the USDA mark of inspection. Although no official recall has been issued the FSIS is urging consumers who purchased the ravioli products to dispose of them in a proper manner or to return them from the place of purchase.
E. coli O157: H7 bacterium can cause symptoms such as fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, and diarrhea which at times can be blood. In some cases, symptoms can develop into a more severe complication called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). The complications of HUS can include damage to the kidneys leading to proteinuria, dehydration, and renal failure. According to a National E. coli Lawyer, Ron Simon, E. coli O157: H7 is the most commonly identified STEC in North America. STEC infections are usually diagnosed through lab testing of stool specimens, identifying the specific strain of STEC involved is very important for public health purposes, and is critical in detecting outbreaks.
For more information on P&S Ravioli Company’s health alert, to speak to an E. coli lawyer, or to inquire about an E. coli lawsuit, call 1-888-335-4901.