Perhaps no product on the market requires more trust from the American consumer than food. Whether we purchase food from the supermarket or at a restaurant, all of us assume that what we are about to eat is safe and has been properly inspected and cared for before being offered to us. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and when this situation arises you need the help.
Due to the number of people that can handle food during its transition from the producer to the consumer, it can be very difficult to determine where foodborne illnesses originate. In fact, it often takes the knowledge of experienced investigators to trace the origins of a particular outbreak back to its original source. If you have been a victim of a food poisoning, there are a number of sources that can be investigated and potentially held accountable for your illness. Some of these can include:
- Food processing plants
- Packaging facilities
Food poisoning is extremely prevalent in the United States, and most would underestimate how many people every year are affected by this problem. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 76 million cases of food poisoning occur in the United States every year. Beyond that, approximately 300,000 people are hospitalized with food poisoning and 5,000 people are killed. These estimates should be treated with caution, however, as many cases of food poisoning are never diagnosed.
Basically, food poisoning occurs when someone ingests food that is contaminated with some sort of impurity that’s harmful. These poisonous agents can include viruses or bacteria, and there are also foods that can be dangerous if they are not properly prepared. In addition, improper storage of food can lead to food poisoning, especially if the food in question needs to be kept frozen or in a cool place and instead its exposed to heat and other warming agents.
Aside from problems with food storage, food preparation and improper inspections for potential problems, food poisoning can also result from someone eating food that’s been treated with certain pesticides or other chemical agents that can be harmful. In all, food poisoning can occur in any number of ways, but the common element that exists is that those who suffer from food poisoning do not see it coming.
If you or a family member have been suffering from food poisoning, and you think a personal injury claim is appropriate, you can trust in our years of experience with these difficult cases to help you navigate through this difficult process to a fantastic result.