Food Poisoning Litigation against Food Suppliers
When a person goes to the store he expects to buy food that is safe and free of bacteria or mold. Sometimes however food contains bacteria such as E. coli or Salmonella. This results from an error in preparation and handling. When customers go to a restaurant food poisoning can occur if a food handler fails to wash his hands before preparing food or if the food was originally contaminated from the supplier. When a person comes down with a sickness due to food poisoning, it becomes necessary to isolate the food that caused it. Often there will be many persons coming down with the same sickness who buy food from a store or patronize a restaurant. By finding what foods, all eaten in common, the cause can be determined. Product recalls usually follow.
Strict products liability applies to suppliers of unhealthy food.
Food Poisoning from Bacteria
The symptoms of food poisoning from bacteria such as Salmonella are diarrhea, upset stomach, fever and cramps. The illness normally lasts from four to seven days. It affects children and older persons the hardest and can necessitate hospitalization. Salmonella is a bacterium that lives in the intestinal tract of animals and humans. Poultry and meat can be infected during slaughter by improper handling by butchers. Salmonella has also been known to be spread though peanut butter and pet food as well. The main ways to protect against Salmonella and other bacteria is thorough cooking at a high enough temperature to kill the bacteria and then serving the food without contamination from human hands. Raw food is a source of bacteria because it is uncooked. It is necessary to thoroughly wash the raw food and handle it with clean hands to serve safely.
Have you suffered food poisioning?
Attorney David Shoop of Shoop Law serves clients through aggressive prosecution of food poisoning lawsuits against suppliers of contaminated food. He diligently identifies the supplier of the food, calling on investigators as needed, and then relentlessly seeks compensation for his clients. Damages can include medical costs, hospitalization, loss of income and pain and suffering.