Anyone who has ever suffered from food poisoning knows how unpleasant the experience can be, but few stop to think of the serious dangers associated with foodborne illnesses. While foodborne illnesses are commonly referred to as food poisoning, not all illnesses are caused by poisons, or toxins. A multitude of illnesses result from bacteria, viruses, or parasites that contaminate food. Most commonly, contamination occurs during food preparation, handling, or storage. Having good hygiene habits can help to reduce the risk of food contamination. Symptoms may take several hours or even several days to appear, depending on the type of contamination.
Symptoms may include:
While many cases of food poisoning result in the symptoms listed above, some cases are much more serious and can cause permanent health problems or even death. Elderly people, pregnant women, babies, and young children are the most susceptible to more serious health issues as a result of a foodborne illness.
In the United States approximately 76 million people suffer some kind of foodborne illness. Of this number, 325,000 people had to be hospitalized and 5,000 people died from the illnesses.
If you or a loved one have suffered from a foodborne illness, a restaurant manager or other food supplier may be liable for your injuries. Contact a Green Bay Defective Food Product and Container Lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 1-800-757-8644.