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Eggs recalled across U.S. after possible listeria contamination

On the list of possible dangerous products, some consider tainted food as one of the most hazardous due to the mass consumption of food products and also the mass distribution that goes into food production. In recent years, there have been news reports of tainted foods leading to illness and sometimes even death.

When the negligence of a food producer leads to the injury of an innocent person in Florida or anywhere across the country, the producer may be held liable in a civil or even criminal court. Seeking compensation in civil court can help the recovery of those affected by the tainted product, and it can also send a clear message to manufacturers to take responsibility for the safety of their products.

Recently, a food recall of some 15,000 pails of eggs in brine has affected 34 states, including Florida. The hard-boiled eggs were tested and it was revealed that they may be contaminated with listeria. The eggs were sold for institutional use and are being recalled by Michael Foods, a Minnesota food company. They were sold under six brand names: GFS, Glenview Farms, Papetti's, Columbia Valley Farms, Silverbrook, and Wholesome Farms.

The eggs were not sold directly to retailers, but were purchased by food distributors and manufacturers. So far there have not been any reports of illness connected to the eggs, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In total, more than a million eggs are being recalled and the contamination likely came from a repair in a packaging room at the company's plant in Nebraska. Listeria can have very serious effects and may lead to fatality for young children, those with weak immune systems, and for the elderly.

Source: USA Today, "Minn. Food company recalls about 1 million eggs in 34 states," The Associated Press, Feb. 3, 2012

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