Most people eat chocolate products without thinking something wrong could happen to them. Asher’s Chocolates initiated a recall of many chocolate products due to possible Salmonella contamination. The products were made in their factory and distributed in the whole country.
Although no cases were reported regarding this matter, the company decided to recall the products because the danger was too big. If you bought this kind of chocolate, you should not eat it. Go back to the store, return the product and you will get a refund. You should also contact the Customer Service and go to a doctor if you are not feeling good.
Salmonella is a type of food poisoning caused by bacteria. This disease is more common during in the summer than in the winter and children are more exposed to it than older people. It is caused by contaminated food during its processing. Many people get infected because they do not wash their hands with soap after they use the bathroom. Do not forget the salmonella can be found in the feces of some pets, so you should wash your hands if you have contact with them. Parents should be aware of the danger salmonella can be and teach their children to wash hands before eating or after they played with animals.
The most popular symptom are diarrhea, fever, and pains. The virus lasts for 7 days and you will see the symptoms in the first 72 hours. There is no need for a treatment if you see you are feeling better. However, there are people who need to go to the hospital, especially babies and those who have chronic diseases. A few people developed the Reiter’s syndrome, which can lead to arthritis. This is not happening often.
Salmonella can be treated by drinking water and taking care of your diet. If the infection spreads, there are antibiotics that should solve the problem. However, do not take any medication before going to a doctor you will tell if you are infected with this virus. There are other diseases which have similar symptoms to salmonella and they need different treatments.
The company made the right decision in recalling those chocolate products. Children eat a lot of chocolate and they would be the most exposed to salmonella. To prevent them from getting sick, teach them how to take care of their health and pay attention to what they are eating.
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