Food poisoning is also known as foodborne illness. It occurs when food containing pathogens is consumed. There are over 250 types of food poisoning. Since each disease has its own set of symptoms, there is no one specific condition that results from food poisoning. In general, the toxins enter the body through the gastrointestinal track, and the symptoms are associated to the infected track, including things such as vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.
In the United States, there are approximately 76 million cases involving foodborne disease. Most of these cases result in mild symptoms that last a short period. However, there are some cases that are much more serious in nature. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) estimate that 5,000 deaths and 325,000 hospitalizations are attributed to foodborne disease annually. Those most at risk for severe complications are young children and the elderly, people who are already suffering from an illness, and persons who have been exposed to high doses of an organism.
The foods most susceptible to contamination are of animal origin. They include raw meat, eggs, poultry, shellfish, and unpasteurized milk. Foods that contain a mixture of animals are the most dangerous, as one infected animal can affect a large batch of food. For example, hamburger meat is generally a combination of meat from many cows.
A food poisoning case would be filed under product liability where the supplier can be held responsible for the damages. If you have been a victim of food poisoning, contact the Sheboygan personal injury lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (920) 459-8000 today.