The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reports that 1 in 6 Americans each year become ill from contaminated food ingestion.
According to the Georgia Poison Center:
“Food poisoning/food borne illness occurs when food contaminated by bacteria, parasite or virus is eaten. Symptoms include upset stomach, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and dehydration.”
Causes and Effects of Food Contamination
Common food sources include improperly packaged products, undercooked meats or poultry, and improper handling of food products. Contaminated food sold in stores can cause widespread food poisoning from bacteria or parasite ingestion.
Salmonella, E. coli, and listeria are just a few examples of harmful bacteria that are spread through contaminated foods. Viruses such as Hepatitis A and Norwalk virus are also common food contaminants. Some food poisoning symptoms can be severe, requiring hospitalization. Extreme cases can even be fatal.
What to Do if You Are Sold Contaminated Food
Loss of income and medical expenses that result from eating contaminated food can cause tremendous hardship on you and your family. You risk long-term illness and medical treatment. If a company has sold you contaminated food, you should:
- First seek medical attention for any potential signs of poisoning,
- Contact the health department to prevent further distribution of the tainted product, and
- Call an Atlanta attorney with experience in food injury and defective product law.
The Fry Law legal team are experts in food injury law in Georgia. We have years of experience in litigating against negligent food manufacturers and retailers who sell contaminated foods. In fact, liability for a contaminated food product may include more than one party. Negligence in food preparation, handling, transport or storage could implicate anyone from a local farmer to a corporate grocery chain.
Whether your contaminated food was an improperly packaged product sold in a grocery store or an undercooked restaurant meal, we will fight for your compensation.
Let’s talk about your food contamination case soon! Give us a call or use our convenient case information form here and we will schedule your free initial consultation. The Fry Law Firm shares a passion for helping people in need, in and out of the courtroom. We want to help you get the fair and reasonable outcome you deserve.