If this article sounds similar to a recent experience that you or a loved one have suffered from, please don't hesitate to contact us online or call 859-578-4444 to schedule a free consultation!\r\n\r\n\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Attorney Ronald E. Johnson of\u00a0Schachter & Hendy\u00a0concentrates on legal issues regarding defective products.\u00a0 A recent article in the\u00a0The New York Times\u00a0says that food companies are expecting consumers to be responsible for making sure the food they sell\u00a0 is not filled with dangerous pathogens.\r\nAccording to the article, ConAgra Foods which sells Banquet frozen pot pies detected some salmonella but was not able to pinpoint where it came from in the 25 ingredients included in the pies.\u00a0 They decided to make the consumer responsible for what they call the \u201ckill step,\u201d the point at which the pathogens are eliminated.\u00a0 ConAngra Foods, which sold 100 million pot pies last year, included food safety instructions that cautioned that internal temperature when cooking the pot pies\u00a0 needed to reach 165 Degrees F.\u00a0 ConAgra also added food safety instructions to its other frozen meals, including the Healthy Choice brand.\r\nOther food companies, such as Nestle and the Blackstone Group that produces Swanson and Hungry Man frozen meals said they are also shifting the burden of safety to the consumer.\u00a0 And General Mills, which recalled five million frozen pizzas in 2007 after an E. coli contamination, now advises consumers to use conventional ovens rather than microwaves to cook their frozen foods.\r\nUnlikely items such as peanuts and white pepper have been proven to be contaminated as food companies search for ways to cut costs and global places to provide food ingredients.\u00a0 The problem is serious with frozen foods.\u00a0 Federal regulators such as the\u00a0Federal Food and Drug Administrationand the\u00a0Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention\u00a0have pushed companies to include cooking instructions with detailed food safety guides, but some companies don't include these instructions, some are using outdated safety guidelines, and some have only abbreviated guidelines on the side of the boxes in tiny print that consumers probably don't read.\r\nAccording to the article, there are estimated to be 76 million cases of food-borne illnesses every year that go unreported or are not traced to the source.\u00a0 Food safety experts think it is the responsibility of the food manufacturer to ensure their food's safety, not the consumer.\r\nThe\u00a0CDC\u00a0produced a report after the ConAgra outbreak and found that most people don't own a food thermometer, but one in four had cooked their pot pies in a conventional oven and the food was still contaminated.\r\nThe FDA says combating foodborne illnesses is one of its top priorities.\u00a0 According to the\u00a0Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, foodborne ailments cause about 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,200 deaths nationwide each year.\r\nThe\u00a0FDA\u00a0says don\u2019t buy frozen food if the package is damaged. Packages should not be open, torn or crushed on the edges. Also, avoid packages that are above the frost line in the store\u2019s freezer. If the package cover is transparent, look for signs of frost or ice crystals. This could mean that the food in the package has either been stored for a long time or thawed and refrozen. In such cases, choose another package. If it will take more than an hour to get your groceries home, use an ice chest to keep frozen and perishable foods cold. Also, when the weather is warm and you are using your car\u2019s air conditioner, keep your groceries in the passenger compartment, not the trunk.e condition is an ever-worsening loss of cartilage accompanied by excruciating pain and loss of motion.\u00a0 Patients cannot get pain relief, even with strong narcotic pain medication.\u00a0 Most return to their doctor complaining of pain so bad that they cannot sleep.\u00a0 Inevitably the x-rays taken at the doctor's office show a severe loss of cartilage in the shoulder joint.\u00a0 The only option is a shoulder replacement, which is a painful an expensive surgery.\u00a0 Sadly, if the patient is under 50 years of age, the replacement will not last his or her lifetime.\u00a0 Young patients can expect multiple repeated surgeries on the joint over the course of their lifetime.\r\nThe manufacturers of the pain pumps knew that their product should not be used in or near the cartilage in joints.\u00a0 Despite this knowledge they actively marketed these pain pumps to doctors and told the doctors that the pumps were safe.\u00a0 Now, the patients are fighting back.\u00a0 Numerous patients in the northern Kentucky and Cincinnati have hired the law firm of Schachter Hendy & Johnson to help them fight for unpaid medical bills, lost wages and future medical expenses.\u00a0 If you or a loved one have suffered joint injury like chondrolysis of a pain pump,\u00a0contact us\u00a0to speak with an attorney who can advise you of your rights.