Food Poisoning Cases Highlight the Dangers of Contamination

October 3, 2015

According to the Center for Disease Control, every year approximately one in six Americans will experience a food-borne illness.  As recent high-profile cases show, those responsible for causing food-borne illnesses and food contamination may face legal consequences for their actions.

In April, ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries recalled all of its products after public health officials linked Blue Bell’s contaminated ice cream products to a multi-state listeria outbreak.  Civil lawsuits against Blue Bell have already been filed.  More recently, the criminal sentencing of a peanut product executive garnered significant attention.  In that case, the executive—convicted of knowingly selling salmonella-contaminated food—was sentenced to 28 years imprisonment after the contaminated product caused nine deaths and hundreds of cases of illness.

Food-borne Illnesses Can Cause Devastating Personal Injuries and Wrongful Deaths

Whether preparing, packaging, distributing, or selling food, those in the food industry have a duty to take all necessary precautions to prevent contamination.  Store-bought products and food purchased in restaurants can cause serious illnesses if not prepared, cooked, or stored properly.  Bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli, and listeria—among the most common causes of food-borne illness—are just a few of the long list of contaminants that can cause death.

Victims of Food Poisoning Should Contact an Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer

Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA urges readers to keep abreast of food product recalls via the FDA’s free food recall resources.  This practice, however, cannot protect even the most vigilant of consumers from all contamination risks.  It is unfortunate that so many Americans suffer due to food-borne illnesses each year, but those who suffer due to the negligence or wrongful acts have a right to seek compensation for their injuries.

If you or a loved one have suffered illness or wrongful death and you suspect contaminated food is the cause, contact an Ohio personal injury lawyer immediately. 

For a free consultation regarding your food poisoning claim, call Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA at 855-783-9247.

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