Every year, over 48 million Americans suffer from food poisoning. While it's not serious for most cases, there are 3,000 fatal incidents resulting from illnesses caused by poisoning.
The most common cause is salmonella, which isn't surprising to many. However, what will come as a shock is where salmonella and other food poisoning-causing bacteria come from.
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that is found in the digestive track of animals - including cows, chicken, birds, and even humans. Being poisoned due to salmonella can result in diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps within a week of consumption. While most cases end up in recovery, there have been more severe instances where the victim becomes dehydrated, and experience pain in their eyes and joints.
Salmonella can be spread with the simple handling of contaminated animals. Further, their meat and eggs may also have the bacteria, and if prepared improperly, can be transferred to humans upon consumption. Furthermore, this type of bacteria can seep into water, and as a result, can also contaminate crops that are irrigated by salmonella-infested water.
Among the common sources of salmonella are raw meat, poultry and eggs. These are found to be the most prevalent types of food that the bacteria come from. As a matter of fact, NBC news reports that the leading cause of food poisoning related deaths comes from undercooked chicken.
Apart from these, food-borne illnesses are also caused by green leafy vegetables. We do know that they are excellent sources of nutrients to keep our bodies healthy, but if improperly cultured and prepared, they can be very dangerous. About 20% of food poisoning cases in the country have resulted from these vegetables, which include peppers, sprouts, tomatoes, as well as unpasteurized dairy.
Most cases of food contamination occur at restaurant kitchens, followed by home based ones. Almost half of food poisoning outbreaks have been traced back to a single source - food cooked in a restaurant kitchen that is unsanitary.
To help prevent against food poisoning, knowledge is the key. If news breaks out about food poisoning cases in your area, be wary of going to these places until it is deemed safe again. Furthermore, if you have already gotten food poisoned and have been able to determine the cause, avoid it in the future.
Furthermore, you should know that you can file a personal injury case against a restaurant that is deemed responsible for your food poisoning. If they do not follow the standards for keeping a clean and safe kitchen, then they can be sued for negligence.
If you have suffered from food poisoning as a result of the negligence of the restaurant you ate at, you may be able to file a personal injury case against them. This falls underproduct liability, where the establishment has to exercise a reasonable amount of care to ensure that its products are safe for consumption. The lawyers of The Kyle Law Firm can help you build a case to ensure that you are properly compensated for any suffering and losses you had to ensure because of the poisoning. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.