When people suffer from a bout of nausea and diarrhea, they often assume that it is due to a virus. Occasionally the symptoms can be more serious and further investigation can reveal the cause is actually a result of a food borne illness. Food poisoning comes in a variety of forms, as it can be caused by a virus, bacteria, parasites, or toxins.
Improper Handling and Preparation
Whenever food is improperly handled or prepared, it can become infected with dangerous viruses, bacteria, or other toxins. Under some circumstances the error can be traced to a particular vendor or restaurant and the negligent handling or preparation of the food.
Some food items become tainted through contact with water or soil that contains fecal matter. Additionally, sometimes the source of a food item can be poisonous, which is carried over into your food. There are a variety of toxins that can taint food, such as:
- Viruses – noroviruses, rotaviruses, hepatitis A
- Bacteria – salmonella, campylobacter, E. coli, shigella, botulism
- Parasites – giardia, cryptosporidium
- Toxins – pesticides, ciguatera, scombroid
Outbreaks of food borne illness from contaminated lettuce, eggs, meat and other foods can have widespread consequences, particularly to those who are immuno-compromised.
When you purchase food in a restaurant or grocery store, you should reasonably expect that it is safe for you to consume. If you have suffered from food borne illness, you should contact the personal injury lawyers from Habush Habush & Rottier at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874) today.