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Food Poisoning

Food products containing pathogens like viruses, parasites, or bacteria can cause serious illness to humans. Food-borne illness, sometimes referred to as “food poisoning”, is a common occurrence in the United States. As many as 76 million cases of food-borne illness are diagnosed each year. Of these 76 million cases, over 300,000 require hospitalization and approximately 5,000 result in death.

Food-borne illness is often the result of poor standards in food preparation or distribution by manufacturers, distributors, restaurants and grocery stores. Food-borne Illness Lawyers for those affected by food-borne illness must have an understanding of food preparation standards and distribution to successfully represent victims of these food-borne pathogens.

In Missouri, food-borne illnesses have resulted from the following:

  • Contamination of prepared food stored with contaminated uncooked food:
  • Inadequate hygiene of food handlers:
  • Insufficient cleanliness of equipment used in food preparation:
  • Improper food storage temperatures:
  • Cooling food slowly after heating:
  • Consuming food long past its date of preparation:
  • Use of raw food contaminated in some way:
  • Inadequate food processing methods, i.e.: improper salting, fermenting, and sweetening.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) routinely examines food products and issues warnings of possible contamination to manufacturers and preparers. Manufacturer and distributor negligence in relaying warnings to consumers, as well as improper processing, preparation and storage allows dangerous food to spread illness. These conditions lead to outbreaks of E. Coli, Hepatitis A, Listeria, Mercury Poisoning, Salmonella and Botulism in Missouri.

Illness from contaminated and improperly prepared food leads to dangerous health conditions and can even cause death. Victims of food-borne illness can suffer from vomiting, incontinence, high fever and loss of energy and strength.

In Missouri, people are entitled to civil remedies or relief against negligent food manufacturers, distributors and sellers. If you or someone you know have been injured by food-borne illness, it is important you contact a Missouri personal injury lawyer who handles these claims. E. Ryan Bradley has over 30 years experience handling personal injury and wrongful death claims. Contact E. Ryan Bradley today and speak to a St. Louis personal injury lawyer about your case for free.

The following websites have additional information you may find helpful regarding food-borne illness:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Food Borne Pathogens

United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Safety Inspection Service