Every year, thousands of people are harmed or killed due to unsafe or defective food products which can carry and transmit food-borne illnesses and other problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 76 million cases of food borne illnesses, or food poisoning, occur every year in the United States. Food borne illnesses are defined as toxic or infectious diseases caused by agents that enter the body through the ingestion of food. Every person is at risk of food borne illness, regardless of their health, age, or social stature.
Bacterial pathogens are the leading cause of food poisoning in humans, including:
- E. coli
Other causes of food poisoning:
- Natural poisons
- Harmful chemical substances
- or viruses such as Hepatitis A.
Food poisoning is characterized by a generally short incubation period of one week or less. The symptoms of food borne illness vary, but usually include diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, and weakness. Fever is sometimes, but not always, exhibited in food poisoning victims. In more serious cases, life-threatening physical conditions may develop, resulting in permanent disability or even death.
When a recalled or defective food product causes an injury, we want to help you. Submit the form here specifically designed to help us determine if you have a food product liability case and if we can represent you.