The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a salmonella outbreak linked to chicken grown by West Coast Foster Farms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that as of October 7, 2013, 278 people from 17 states were infected with strains of salmonella — and 213 of the 278 were from California. Foster Farms announced that instead of recalling its chicken products from the three central California processing plants connected to the salmonella outbreak, it was establishing additional safety practices.
Approximately 42,000 incidents of salmonella are reported every year, and the CDC estimates that more than 1 million cases are not reported.
Salmonella is the primary cause of hospitalizations and deaths caused by known pathogens transmitted to food. Other culprits include noroviruses, E. coli O157, clostridium perfringens, toxoplasma, listeria and campylobacter. The CDC estimates that 48 million people become sick every year from food contamination.
Suffering from food poisoning can be frightening. The associated stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting can be very painful. Here are steps to take if you are suffering from possible food poisoning:
The parties who caused the food contamination are responsible for any damage caused by the food poisoning. Possible liable parties include restaurants, food distributors, growers, processors and suppliers.
If you suspect you have consumed contaminated food that caused food poisoning, call our San Diego products liability lawyer for a free consultation.