July 9, 2009: MRE Dairy Shakes May Contain Salmonella

Defense Department officials are warning that Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) and Unitized Group Rations-Express may contain Salmonella, because some of the meal contents have been linked to the Plainview Milk Products Cooperative Recall of June 2009.  According to the Defense Department, the dairy shakes found in the meals are subject to the recall, and military personal are being warned not to drink the shakes.

Specifically, the shakes are found in MRE menu number one: chili with beans; menu nine: beef stew; menu 21: tuna in a pouch; and menu 22: chicken and dumplings.  Menus one and nine will be found in MRE boxes marked Case A and menus 21 and 22 will be in MRE boxes marked Case B.  The shakes in question affect MRE fieldings for 2008 and 2009.

The dairy shakes are also part of six out of the eight Unitized Group Rations-Express menus. Personnel should not drink the dairy shakes in UGR-Es for 2008 and 2009.

It was reported that Salmonella was detected during routine testing of a single lot of dairy shakes.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may include chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

This information is posted as a courtesy of the Personal Injury Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg. If you have been diagnosed with Salmonella, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, please submit a Free Legal Case Evaluation, or call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274.

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