The Adley Law Firm is committed to assisting residents of Galveston who have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one has been affected by a food poisoning outbreak linked to a recalled product, you should contact our attorneys right away. You may be eligible for compensation by filing a lawsuit in Galveston, Texas.
Common Causes of Food Poisoning
Food poisoning can occur due to various factors. Some common causes include:
- Contaminated raw ingredients: Contamination can occur at any stage of food production, from the farm to the table. Raw ingredients can become contaminated due to improper handling, contact with contaminated surfaces, or exposure to contaminated water.
- Inadequate cooking: Cooking food at the proper temperature is crucial for killing harmful bacteria. Undercooked or raw meat, poultry, and seafood can contain harmful pathogens that can cause food poisoning.
- Cross-contamination: Contamination can occur when harmful bacteria are transferred from one food item or surface to another. This can happen when raw meats come into contact with ready-to-eat foods, or when kitchen surfaces and utensils are not properly cleaned.
- Improper food storage: Storing food at incorrect temperatures can cause bacteria to grow rapidly. Perishable foods should be refrigerated or frozen promptly to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
- Contaminated water: Drinking or using contaminated water in food preparation can also cause food poisoning. Contaminated water may contain harmful bacteria, viruses, or parasites.
Foodborne Illness Outbreaks and Recalls
While food poisoning can occur with any type of food, certain foods pose a higher risk. Doctors often advise pregnant women to avoid raw bean sprouts, sushi, and soft cheese due to the increased risk of food poisoning. The following is a partial list of recent food recalls and outbreaks:
- Avocado toast
- Baby spinach
- Bagged salad
- Chicken salad
- Deli meats
- Frozen fruits and vegetables
- Galliker’s Dairy Chocolate Milk
- Green onions
- Ground turkey
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Ice cream sandwiches
- Leafy greens
- Nut butter
- Pre-packaged sandwiches
- Raw oysters
- Romaine lettuce
- Sprouts Farmers Market Frozen Cut Leaf Spinach
- Turkey jerky
- And more
Understanding Food Poisoning
Food poisoning occurs when an individual consumes food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or toxins that cause illness. The most common bacteria responsible for food poisoning include E. coli, salmonella, listeria, shigella, campylobacter, and botulism.
E. coli is a common cause of foodborne illness, often found in contaminated beef, raw milk, and fresh produce. Salmonella is another common cause, found in undercooked poultry, eggs, and raw produce. Listeria, which is especially dangerous for pregnant women, can be found in deli meats, soft cheeses, and unpasteurized dairy products. Shigella is typically transmitted through contaminated water or food, causing symptoms such as diarrhea and fever. Campylobacter, often found in raw poultry, can cause gastroenteritis. Botulism, a rare but potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can be caused by consuming canned foods that have been improperly processed.
Recognizing the Symptoms
Gastrointestinal issues are prevalent in individuals suffering from food poisoning. The specific symptoms and the severity of the illness depend on the bacteria responsible for the food poisoning. Common symptoms of food poisoning include:
- Stomach cramps
Symptoms can appear within hours or days after consuming contaminated food, and the illness can vary from a few hours to several days. Severe cases of food poisoning can lead to dehydration, kidney failure, and even death. If you suspect food poisoning, it is important to seek medical attention promptly.
Consult with an Attorney at No Cost
If you or a loved one has suffered from food poisoning due to a contaminated food product, it is essential to consult with a knowledgeable Galveston food poisoning attorney. At the Adley Law Firm, our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the complex legal process and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case and determine if you have a valid claim. If you decide to proceed with a lawsuit, our attorneys will work tirelessly to build a strong case and hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and let our dedicated Galveston food poisoning lawyers fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.