There are more than 250 known diseases that can be transmitted through food. According to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control, 81% of all food-borne illnesses and related hospitalizations are due to unknown or undiscovered agents.
Food poisoning can be caused by either an infectious agent or a toxic agent. Infectious agents include viruses, bacteria, and parasites. An example would be the bacteria E.coli.
Toxic agents include:
Contamination of food typically occurs because of poor sanitation and preparation. Also, improperly packaged foods stored at the wrong temperature promote contamination.
Safe and proper steps are necessary in food handling, cooking, and storage to avoid contaminating food and causing poisoning. When shopping, never choose a torn or leaking package. Do not buy foods that are past their “sell-by” or expiration date. Always keep raw meat and poultry separate from other foods. Wash your hands before and after handling food. Keeping everything clean is key to killing bacteria that are often found in raw meats before they are cooked.
If you or someone you know has suffered lost wages, pain and suffering, or any other loss due to an illness or injury caused by food poisoning, you have the right to seek damages from the negligent party.
Contact the Appleton food poisoning lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800.472.9334 for a free initial consultation. We will discuss your case and further legal options.