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In light of recent events, Thomas Produce has issued a recall on jalapeno peppers due to potential salmonella contamination. This bacterial infection poses serious health risks, particularly to vulnerable individuals such as young children and the elderly. 

If you or a loved one have experienced symptoms of food poisoning after consuming these recalled products, it’s crucial to take immediate action. 

As an experienced law firm with a track record of handling these recalls and similar cases, we’re here to provide guidance and support. But before we delve deeper into your options, let’s explore the critical details surrounding this recall.

Free Jalapeno Pepper Recall Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has become sickened with salmonella food poisoning after consuming contaminated jalapeno peppers included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

Quick Summary:

  • Thomas Produce has recalled approximately 320 boxes of jalapeno peppers due to potential salmonella contamination, posing serious health risks, especially to young children and the elderly.
  • The recalled peppers were distributed to multiple states, including Florida, New York, North Carolina, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania, between February 15 and February 18, 2011.
  • According to the CDC, salmonella food poisoning can cause severe symptoms such as nausea, abdominal pain, and fever.

What’s the Problem With Thomas Produce?

The problem with Thomas Produce stems from the potential contamination of approximately 320 boxes of jalapeno peppers distributed with salmonella bacteria, as announced by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on March 18, 2011. 

These fresh, whole green jalapeno peppers were distributed to various states, including Florida, New York, North Carolina, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania, between February 15 and February 18, 2011. Identified by the code 1054811HJBT on the 2.5″x1″ affixed label, the products were sold in generic cardboard bushel boxes (1 1/9 bushel size).

Reasons Behind The Recall

On July 21st, a single Mexican-grown jalapeno pepper at the company’s distribution plant was discovered to be contaminated with the Salmonella Saintpaul strain of bacteria. The source of contamination, whether from the farm in Mexico, the Texas plant, or during transit, remains uncertain.

The recall initiated by Thomas Produce was prompted by the potential contamination of approximately 320 boxes of jalapeno peppers with salmonella bacteria, as announced by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on March 18, 2011. 

These fresh, whole green jalapeno peppers were distributed to various states, including Florida, New York, North Carolina, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania, between February 15 and February 18, 2011. Identified by the code 1054811HJBT on the 2.5″x1″ affixed label, the products were sold in generic cardboard bushel boxes (1 1/9 bushel size).

The recall was initiated due to consumers’ concerns over potential salmonella contamination, a bacterium known to cause foodborne illness in humans. Notably, this salmonella recall involved not only jalapeno peppers but also serrano peppers and avocados. 

However, it’s important to highlight that the strain of the bacteria implicated in this recall was not Salmonella Saintpaul, which had been associated with a previous nationwide outbreak.

Salmonella Food Poisoning Information

One of the most common intestinal infections reported nationwide, salmonella food poisoning (salmonella enterocolitis), is a diarrheal illness caused by salmonella bacteria infecting the lining of the small intestine. Contaminated poultry products are the most common food associated with salmonella enterocolitis. 

Signs and symptoms of salmonella food poisoning typically appear 8 to 48 hours after the individual is infected and include:

  • nausea
  • severe abdominal pain
  • vomiting
  • fever
  • diarrhea
  • headaches
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals at both ends of the age spectrum, as well as those with weakened immune systems, face the risk of severe illness and, in extreme cases, mortality.

The illness can last for up to two weeks, and the affected individual can continue to shed the bacteria in their feces for up to one year after the initial infection. Please read our blog to learn more about salmonella food poisoning.

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At Schmidt & Clark, our Food Poisoning Litigation Group comprises a seasoned team of trial lawyers dedicated to representing plaintiffs in jalapeno pepper recall lawsuits. 

With extensive experience in individual litigation nationwide, we are actively accepting new salmonella food poisoning cases in all 50 states. If you or a loved one has been affected, our team is here to provide the legal support and guidance you need to pursue justice and seek compensation for your damages.

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