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UNDERSTANDING FOOD POISONING CASES
Farmers, butchers, manufacturers, canneries, processing and packaging plants; there are many places and ways our foods can become contaminated. The more you know as a consumer the better you can protect yourself from disease.
How Food Can Get Contaminated
- Animal meat comes in contact with intestinal contents
- Fresh fruits and veggies are irrigated with water that contains animal feces or human sewage, sometimes from the run-off of nearby farms
- Mishandling of food and/or cross-contamination during preparation
- Storage at improper temperatures
- Food not cooked to a high enough temperature; this creates a breeding ground for bacteria, tainting the food
Though much of the contamination process is out of our hands, there are ways to protect yourself. Following a few simple food handling and cooking safety tips can decrease your chance of becoming ill or dying from tainted food. If you fall ill from poor food preparation practices, you can hold the negligent parties responsible. Call a food poisoning attorney at our law firm in Metro Phoenix today.
When proper precautions are not taken, ordinary food has the potential to be extremely dangerous. Contaminants can cause very serious food-borne illnesses. At Cluff Injury Lawyers, our Phoenix food poisoning attorneys are committed to protecting the safety of consumers in Maricopa County. We fight hard to hold negligent companies accountable for their misconduct. Food poisoning victims and their families deserve full and fair compensation.
How Common is Food Poisoning?
Each year, many people in Phoenix and around the United States are made seriously ill as result of consuming foodborne pathogens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that approximately 48 million Americans contract some form of food poisoning annually. While many of these cases of food poisoning are relatively minor and do not require professional medical attention, certain foodborne pathogens have the potential to be incredibly dangerous. The CDC states that 128,000 Americans are hospitalized each year with food poisoning, and at least 3,000 die as a result of their illnesses. Our dedicated Phoenix food poisoning attorneys are prepared to help those who have been injured or lost a loved one recover the compensation they deserve.
SAFEGUARDING AGAINST FOOD POISONING
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Safety Tips for Handling Food
- Wash your hands.
- Clean all surfaces.
- Separate foods; do not let allow raw meats to touch other foods.
- Do not cross-contaminate by reusing knives or cutting boards, measuring cups, etc.
- Always cook foods to their recommended temperatures.
- Refrigerate food promptly and make sure it is properly sealed.
Metro Phoenix Food Poisoning Litigation
Following these safety tips can help to reduce the possibility of contamination, but they cannot eliminate the chance for contamination or poisoning. Some things are outside of your control, and it is possible to become the victim of negligence by any one of the people who comes in contact with your food. That negligence can cost you weeks and months of agony, a lifetime of suffering, even your life. If you have experienced the effects of food poisoning, whether by illness or death, it is important that you call an attorney to champion your case and receive the settlement you deserve.
HOW FOOD POISONING OCCURS
With limited exceptions, food poisoning does not happen because food is inherently toxic. Instead, food poisoning typically occurs because the product becomes contaminated with harmful bacteria, parasites, or viruses. If proper care is not taken, virtually any type of food can become toxic. Certainly, there are things that you can do in your home to make food safer. This includes:
- Washing your hands;
- Cleaning your kitchen;
- Storing food at safe temperatures;
- Cooking food to the proper temperature; and
- Avoiding any cross contamination.
At the same time, much of the food production and preparation process is simply out of your hands. By nature, you are forced to rely on companies that produce and distribute food to follow proper safety protocols. This is especially true if you are eating at restaurants or other places outside of your own kitchen. If you do suffer injury, our Phoenix food poisoning attorneys are here to help you.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Food Poisoning in Arizona?
Food producers, food distributors, and food preparers all have a legal duty to keep the general public safe from dangerous food-borne pathogens. Many different companies could potentially be held liable in an Arizona food poisoning claim. This includes:
- Large factory farms;
- Food distribution companies;
- Grocery stores;
- Restaurants; and
- Any other firm involved in the food production process.
It should be noted that food poisoning cases can be challenging to prove. You will be required to connect the illness to a specific meal, and to provide evidence that indicates that company was negligent. To hold a negligent company liable for the illness, it is imperative that victims seek guidance from an experienced Phoenix food poisoning lawyer as early on in the legal process as possible.
Contact Our Phoenix Food Poisoning Lawyers Today
At Cluff Injury Lawyers, our dedicated Phoenix food poisoning attorneys are standing by, ready to protect your legal rights. If you or a loved one suffered food poisoning due to the negligence of another party, we can help. For a free, no-obligation legal consultation, please contact our law firm today at 602-603-4768 (Downtown Phoenix) or 602-461-7342 (North Phoenix).