Popular grocery chain Trader Joe’s recently recalled is Kohlrabi Salad blend over fears of listeria contamination. The recall affects salad blend bags with “Best Before” dates of October 14-16, 2017.
Although only a small percentage of people who accidentally consume listeria-contaminated products will become sick, those who do fall ill experience symptoms such as neck stiffness, high fever, nausea and severe headaches. In extreme cases, listeria poisoning can cause miscarriages in pregnant women and fatal illnesses in those with weakened immune systems.
If food poisoning causes you to miss days at work or worse, then seek medical attention immediately. Left untreated, mainstream symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and fever can seriously damage one’s health, and you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the eatery or grocery responsible for your food poisoning.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, over 125,000 people are sent to the hospital each year due to food poisoning, and an average of 3,000 even die. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified seven bacteria and two parasites that most frequently transmit foodborne illnesses: They include:
- Campylobacter: typically found in raw milk and raw or undercooked meat
- Listeria: often found in the raw meat from cattle, sheep, and fowl, but can also appear in dairy products, fruits, and vegetables
- Cryptosporidium: mainly found in water polluted by human or animal feces, but can also appear in unprocessed foods, notably raw milk, meat and shellfish
- Salmonella: often appears in meats, but people can also get it from eating fruits or vegetables fertilized by manure from animals that have it
- Cyclospora: transmitted in food or water contaminated by feces from an infected human or animal
- Escherichia coli (e. coli): Foods known to become contaminated with e. coli include meat and unpasteurized milk, cheese, and juices
E.coli and salmonella, two of the most common pathogens, are typically found in contaminated meat, eggs, poultry, milk, cheese, and unwashed fruits and vegetables. What makes them especially dangerous is that they can easily spread to other foods, so even if you don’t eat the original contaminated items, you can get food poisoning from a secondary source. The onset of symptoms can range from a mere hour to several weeks, depending on the pathogen.
Supermarkets, restaurants, fast-food outlets, food stands, and similar businesses are legally required to provide their customers with food that is completely safe for human consumption. Failure to do so can render them liable for damages like the following if you suffer from food poisoning after patronizing their establishment:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Actual injuries
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death (if a loved one dies from their illness)
If you or someone you love are injured by the effects of a foodborne illness, then contact a New York personal injury attorney who is experienced in the various regulations surrounding food safety and enforcement. Your attorney will help you hold the negligent food vendor responsible and help you get the compensation needed to cover your losses and make recovery easier. Jayson Lutzky has represented many clients over the past 34 years in personal injury and negligence cases. If you suffered due to food poisoning, then contact Mr. Lutzky’s office at 718-514-6619 to review your case in a free no-obligation in-person consultation. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more.