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LISTERIA SYMPTOMS FROM BLUE BELL ICE CREAM MAY TAKE UP TO 70 DAYS TO APPEAR The incubation period for the invasive type of Listeria infection that may result from eating contaminated Blue Bell Ice cream “is typically a few days to one, month, but can be up to 70 days”, according a April 9, 2015 Health Advisory from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Department recommends that health care providers test all patients that may have been exposed to a contaminated product, have symptoms consistent with listeriosis, and have a high risk for invasive listeriosis. The Health Advisory explains that “people at high risk for invasive listeriosis include pregnant women, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems” and “symptoms may include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms.”  Information about the Blue Bell Ice Cream listeria contamination is available at these...

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Wites & Kapetan Law Firm Comments That Blue Bell Ice Cream Illnesses Are More Widespread Than Reported

WITES & KAPETAN LAW FIRM COMMENTS THAT BLUE BELL ICE CREAM ILLNESSES ARE MORE WIDESPREAD THAN REPORTED (Lighthouse Point, FL) – The Law Office of Wites & Kapetan reports that illness from contaminated Blue Bell Ice Cream is more widespread than indicated in news reports and government press releases. According to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “as of April 20, 2015, a total of ten patients infected with several strains of Listeria monocytogenes were reported from four states: Arizona (1), Kansas (5), Oklahoma (1), and Texas (3).”  Attorney Marc Wites of Wites & Kapetan stated that “additional people in several other states have become ill from eating Blue Bell Ice Cream, and such illnesses have resulted in hospitalizations, ER visits, doctor visits, missed work and missed school, for many Blue Bell consumers.” The firm is representing clients in Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and Georgia. Mr. Wites is not...

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BLUE BELL ICE CREAM LISTERIA RECALL EXPANDED Blue Bell Creameries announced that it is “expanding its recall of products that were produced in the Broken Arrow, Okla., plant to include Banana Pudding Ice Cream pints which tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, and additional products manufactured on the same line.” The expanded recall resulted, at least in part, from the FDA’s April 7, 2015, notification to Blue Bell that Banana Pudding Ice Cream pint, produced in the Broken Arrow, Okla., plant on February 12, 2015, tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Lists of the recalled ice creams are available on the FDA’s and Blue Bell’s websites, and include the following products produced in Oklahoma and identified by the code date on the bottom of the carton: Ice Cream Pints: UPC # 071899-05101 5        Code Date Ice Cream Banana Pudding pint                       021217S Ice Cream Butter Crunch pint                 ...

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How to Reduce Credit Card Debt without Ruining Your Credit

Lowering your credit card debt isn’t always synonymous with a negative credit score. There are ways to reduce credit card debt that don’t always adversely affect you, your credit score, or your financial future. Here are a few suggestions. Pay off your credit debt. Paying off your debt in full is obviously the easiest way to reduce your credit card debt without hurting your credit rating. Depending on your financial situation, this may be the most realistic way to get rid of debt while maintaining a good credit score. Some quick tips to paying down your debt—especially if you’re starting to feel overwhelmed—include: Stop using your credit cards while you’re paying them off.  Negotiating your interest rate and monthly payment amounts down to a more reasonable amount. It never hurts to ask! Transferring smaller debts or higher interest credit cards to a single card so that you can make one...

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What Are Some Alternatives To Filing For Bankruptcy?

How to avoid bankruptcy

Four Solid Solutions to Avoid Filing for Bankruptcy If you’re drowning in credit card debt, it can feel like there’s no alternative other than to file for bankruptcy. And while the prospect of bankruptcy scares most people, it often feels better than the endless struggle with credit card debt. But is the baggage that comes with filing for bankruptcy—relinquishing your assets and taking a massive hit on your credit score—really worth it? Before you make any decisions about what to do regarding your credit debt, make sure that you’ve carefully explored all of your options. Below are some tried and true alternatives to filing for bankruptcy. 1. Sell what you can to pay down your bills. Bankruptcy can be avoided if you have the means to pay your bills—even partially. Take an honest look at what you own, and determine what (if anything) you can realistically afford to part with....

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L’Assurance auto et moto en Floride : quelle couverture en cas d’accident ?

Ce que couvre l’assurance obligatoire (minimum légal) et quelles polices complémentaires il est conseillé de contracter en Floride pour être complètement indemnisé en cas d’accident de la circulation. -Par Marc A. Wites Avocat au Barreau de Floride et Aline Martin-O’Brien Avocat au Barreau de Paris, Foreing Legal consultant inscrite au Barreau de Floride du Cabinet Wites & Kapetan – (avertissement : cet article est publié dans le but de faciliter la  compréhension générale du droit en Floride : pour des renseignements plus spécifiques et/ou complets il est nécessaire d’avoir recours à une consultation individuelle) La Floride est un état très particulier pour l’assurance automobile. En effet, le « Sunshine State » est l’un des rares Etats en Amérique doté d’un système basé sur le système d’une « responsabilité sans faute » pour l’assurance voiture, à l’instar du système français. Ce système de responsabilité sans faute permet l’indemnisation des victimes indépendamment de la...

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