Food poisoning is a prevalent issue and is often discussed in the media and other health and safety outlets. With the alarming number of recalls, government agencies and trade organizations are always working to address the common causes and minimize future contaminations. We at Carlos G. Galliani understand the serious and possibly life-threatening nature of food poisonings and work to represent victims of food poisoning in court.
A person can get food poisoning by eating food that is contaminated by bacteria, a virus or a toxin that causes illness. Some of the most common are E. coli, which is bacteria that is normally found in human and animal intestines and is generally harmless. It is the O157:H7 strain that produces Shiga toxin and causes the most harm if ingested. Salmonella is a very common type of food poisoning and can induce a life-threatening condition known as salmonellosis if ingested through food or water. Listeria monocytogenes causes listeriosis, which can be very harmful to the young, elderly and pregnant. Food poisoning can also be caused by cryptosporidium, cyclospora, shigella, campylobacter and norovirus. Occurrences of hepatitis A and botulism have also been tied to food poisoning. Some serious food poisoning cases resulted in lifelong disabilities and even death.
Many of these illnesses are preventable, but unsanitary conditions in food processing plants, improper storage and handling and other instances of lack of consideration by the food industry keep them coming back. In fact, the CDC estimates that every year 1 in 6 people gets sick from food-borne pathogens. Some food has a higher risk of contamination; this includes beef, poultry, peanut butter, spinach and cantaloupe. These food products have been tested and found to be contaminated in the past and even though the contaminated batches have been recalled, food-borne disease is still prevalent. Most of your food makes several stops between its point of origin and your plate, all it takes is mishandling it at a single stop along the way.
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