Massive amounts of Ground Beef recalled due to possible presence of E.Coli, the 0157:H7 Contamination

The USDA recalled 10 lb. pageages of “National Beef” 80/20 Coarse Ground chuck.  The exact details can be found under the News Release portion of USDA. http://www.fsis.usda.gov. According to the Centers for Disease Control and

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Prevention on a total of 33 persons have been infected with the deadly Shinga Toxin producing Escherichia coli commonly referenced as (STECO157:H7).  The major concern with this toxin is that for young children, the elderly or otherwise immune compromised individuals, may develop HUS.  HUS is a type of kidney failure that can result in kidney failure and death. Symptoms develop over a period of 4-7 days after consumption and include, vomiting, ,

Diarrhea along with high fever and fatigue.  If you have eaten this product and you are experiencing the above symptoms within the incubation period seek medical help immediately.

There have been no reports accounted for in Montana.  There have been 2 cases of HUS which have resulted as of this date. Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (or haemolytic-uraemic syndrome), abbreviated HUS, is a disease characterized by hemolytic anemia (anemia caused by destruction of red blood cells), acute kidney failure (uremia), and a low platelet count (thrombocytopenia). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemolytic-uremic_syndrome. This condition is often caused by the STEC) 157:H7 toxin.   In other outbreaks it has led to death.  In many situations physicians will treat symptoms with anti-biotics.  This makes the situation worse in most cases.  If HUS is detected in my opinion only a top level trauma center would be recommended.  Since there are no such trauma centers here in Montana or Flathead County, patients in my experience have been successfully treated at Sacred Heart in Spokane, Harbor View, and Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital.

The Department of Agriculture has detected the toxin from the National Beef Packing Co. in Liberal Kansas.  Approximately 23,000 pounds have been recalled.

Although no cases have been reported yet in Montana, the CDC is concerned that the beef may still be in freezers.  Moreover much of the plants products are sold to fast food distributors which could enlarge the outbreak to other states including Montana.  Moreover, the condition travels with you.  If you consume the product at a fast food restaurant in another state then you may suffer from the E. Coli although there are no reported cases here in Montana yet.  Often it takes a year to understand the full extent of an outbreak.

If you are unsure, contact your local health department they will take down your symptoms and compare them with those of the particular outbreak identified by the CDC. If you feel you have suffered food poisoning obtain medical attention without delay and contact our office to protect your legal rights.  We fight for those who suffer from unsafe food production.

Written by Scott L. Anderson, food poisoning attorney, licensed in Montana, Oregon Alaska 

 

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2013 – National Beef Packing Co., a Liberal, Kan., establishment, is recalling approximately 22,737 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

• 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Coarse Ground Chuck, package code “0481.”
• 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 81/19 Coarse Ground Beef, package code “0421.”
• 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code “0484.”

All these products have a “USE BY/SELL BY DATE” of June 14, 2013, and bear the establishment number “EST. 208A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.  The products were produced on May 25, 2013, and shipped to various institutions and retail establishments in Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, Mississippi, Illinois, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Arizona.  FSIS and the establishment are concerned that some product may be frozen and in shoppers’ freezers.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E.coli O157:H7. An investigation determined the firm was the sole supplier of the source materials used to produce the positive product.  FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.  When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls

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Hamburger recalls endangers health of consumers in many states and may affect Montana and Oregon

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2013 – National Beef Packing Co., a Liberal, Kan., establishment, is recalling approximately 22,737 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The following products are subject to recall:

• 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Coarse Ground Chuck, package code “0481.”
• 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 81/19 Coarse Ground Beef, package code “0421.”
• 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code “0484.”
All these products have a “USE BY/SELL BY DATE” of June 14, 2013, and bear the establishment number “EST. 208A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on May 25, 2013, and shipped to various institutions and retail establishments in Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, Mississippi, Illinois, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Arizona. FSIS and the establishment are concerned that some product may be frozen and in shoppers’ freezers.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E.coli O157:H7. An investigation determined the firm was the sole supplier of the source materials used to produce the positive product. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.


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Montana Highway Patrol Reports Increased Accidents in Flathead Valley

The Montana Highway Patrol reported an increase in traffic accidents in the Flathead Valley.

In the past two weeks, two fatal accidents occurred on Highway 2 in Kalispell. Although there has been an increase in recent Flathead Valley car accidents, the Montana Highway Patrol reported impaired accidents are down 35 percent.

Sergeant Jim Sanderson of the Montana Highway Patrol says they’re doing the best they can to make sure the roads are safe for drivers.

“The patrol has taken a very proactive stance on impaired driving,” said Sanderson.  “We’ve introduced A-RIDE schools to all patrol officers and most other agencies, which is Advanced Roadside Impaired Driver Enforcement, and we follow that up with a drug recognition expert program.”

To avoid an accident in the Flathead Valley, drivers should:

  • Never operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or prescription drugs; 
  • Avoid texting and driving;
  • Safely use headlights;
  • Remember to use flashers and turn signals;
  • Pull over and rest if you are tired;
  • Obey all safety laws; and
  • Lookout for pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists.
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Bozeman Crash Injures Two

The driver of a Subaru caused a two-car accident in Bozeman after the driver of the Subaru turned left into oncoming traffic.

The Bozeman car accident occurred on Secondary Highway 205 and Valley Center spur.

A woman in a Subaru wagon sustained an injury to her face but was talking and coherent, Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Patrick McLaughlin said. She was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. The second occupant of that vehicle was also taken to the hospital.

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Drummond Car Accident Injures Three

A single car accident near Drummond injured three Sunday afternoon. The vehicle was traveling east on Interstate 90 when the vehicle lost control and rolled on the highway.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper James Handy said the vehicle  was carrying three women when it rolled near mile marker 136. The driver and the passengers were all transported to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula; one was taken there by Life Flight.

The crash is still under investigation.

“We’re not sure yet, there may have been another (vehicle involved) but they might not have even known it,” Handy said.

For more information on the Drummond Car Accident, please visit the Missoulian.

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If you or a family member has been seriously injured in an Interstate rollover crash, you may be entitled to advance payment of medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. Our Kalispell attorneys have handled thousands of car accident cases. We aggressively represent victims of car accidents throughout Montana, including Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Whitefish, Kila, Libby, Missoula, Sanders County, Great Falls, Billings, Bozeman and Butte.

 

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Kalispell Car Accident Leaves 1 Dead and at Least 2 Seriously Injured

Three people were injured and one died Friday morning when a gray Nissan crossed the center line and struck a mini-can traveling in the opposite direction. It was the second fatal Kalispell car accident on Highway 2 this week.

 

According to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Patrick Herman, the male occupant of a gray Nissan Sentra died, and the female occupant is in critical condition after the collision with a white minivan in the Highway 2 crash. The two passengers in the minivan, both men, were taken to receive medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, Herman said.

The driver of the car was killed on impact, with Lieb adding that a female passenger was critically injured in the Kalispell fatal car accident and was taken by Alert Helicopter to Kalispell Regional Medical Center. The driver of the mini-van in the Kalispell car accident is hospitalized with serious injuries.

More information on the fatal Kalispell car accident can be found at the following news sources:

http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/two_dead_after_head_on_crash_on_highway_2/33851/

http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/head-on-collision-near-glacier-airport/-/14594602/20468964/-/cucuyaz/-/index.html

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Injured victims, and their spouses (in some circumstances) may be legally entitled to advance payment of medical expenses, lost wages and medical care.

If you or someone you know has been seriously injured or hurt in  a Kalispell car accident, our lawyers will provide a free consultation to discuss your case. In cases of serious injuries we can even visit you. Call now for a free consultation at (406) 755-6828

 

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Downpour Causes 2 Car Accident Outside of Missoula

Heavy rain and bald tires caused a two-car accident outside of Missoula A two-car crash caused by a heavy downpour and bald tires slowed westbound traffic on Interstate 90 early Monday afternoon.

Emergency crews responded to the accident near East Missoula at mile marker 108 at roughly 1:30 p.m.

 

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Pfau confirmed what witnesses said after the accident: The driver of the Nissan was going too fast for conditions.

“The car was going a little too fast for conditions with bald tires,” Pfau said. “It hydroplaned on the bridge deck, hit the bridge guardrail and bounced into traffic, where it was T-boned by another vehicle,” Pfau said.

Dave and Theresa Scott were traveling from Twin Falls, Idaho, to Spokane, Wash., when the accident occurred in front of them. The couple pulled over to see what they could do to help.

“We didn’t know if anyone was calling 9-1-1,” Scott said. “The rain was coming down pretty hard. We were one of the first who pulled over.”

Pfau said the driver of the Nissan was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

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Rollover Crash on I-90 Near Clinton Leaves Several Hurt

The Montana Highway Patrol reported that a pickup truck carrying at least five people rolled over on Interstate 90 near Clinton on Sunday night.

The pickup was heading west on Interstate 90 when the driver lost control and rolled through the median and into oncoming traffic.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer says he believes all five people were taken to the hospital, but there’s no immediate word on their conditions.

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Three Car Crash on Highway 93 in Victor Stops Traffic

A three car crash in Victor on Highway 93 stopped traffic on Thursday.

A Three Car Crash in Victor Stopped Traffic on Highway 93

The accident was first reported a few minutes after 1 p.m., Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Lath Keith said.

A pickup truck was in the southbound lefthand lane, stopped to turn into the Axmen Propane in Victor, when it was rear-ended by a utility truck. The collision sent the pickup into the northbound lane, where it was struck by a white SUV, Keith said.

The white SUV rolled numerous times, crossing Highway 93 and ending up on the southbound side of the highway in the ditch heading west.

“The scene was so spread out,” Keith said.

“Both impacts were probably near highway speed,” he said.

The male utility truck driver was transported to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula for a compound fracture. The two occupants in the white SUV were taken to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton.

Keith said that the accident was technically a four-car accident, although the fourth car was not struck. He said the fourth car was not impacted, as it swerved to avoid the head-on collision. He said the individual in the fourth car is now a witness in the accident.

Shortly after the accident occurred, Keith said they blocked Highway 93 off for two reasons: first for safety and second to see what exactly took place. Highway 93 was blocked for almost two hours from Bell Crossing to Victor Crossing.

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Columbia Falls Man Faces Criminal Charges After Kalispell Car Accident

Sean Francisco West, A 27-year-old Columbia Falls man, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Flathead District Court to negligent vehicular assault, criminal endangerment and failure to remain at the scene of a Kalispell car accident.

The charges stem from a Jan. 19  Kalispell caraccident where West allegedly ran a red light in his sport utility vehicle and smashed into another car.

According to a court document, when Kristy Elrod entered the intersection of Reserve Drive and U.S. 2 on a green light, West T-boned her vehicle.

The crash ejected Derrick Hayward, one of Elrod’s two passengers. Hayward flew approximately 63 feet before landing in the road. Hayward was hospitalized for several days after the Kalipsell car accident with a lacerated liver and other injuries.

A witness reported hearing a crash and running around the corner of a gas station to see a man running away from the SUV. She told him to stop, to which he responded, “I can’t do this,” and kept running.

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