When restaurant food is tainted with foreign bacteria due to improper food storage and handling, customers can suffer everything from mild illnesses such as an upset stomach to more serious long-term health problems – or even death.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 48 million people get sick from foodborne illnesses each year. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to ingesting tainted food, you deserve fair compensation. A knowledgeable New York personal injury attorney can help.
How Does Food Become Tainted?
In New York City, the Health Department inspects every restaurant to make sure they are in compliance with the city and state food safety regulations and to ensure the safety of restaurant patrons. Food can be tainted with a variety of foodborne pathogens, which can cause serious illness and death. But how does food become tainted? Poor sanitary practices, storage, and preparation techniques in restaurants can result in contaminated food reaching your plate.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), all restaurant employees must wash their hands and their work surfaces often. Germs may survive on work surfaces or the hands of restaurant employees. Additionally, meat and vegetables must be stored and prepared separately in order to ensure that raw food, such as chicken or beef, does not contaminate ready-to-eat foods like vegetables and grains.
The FDA warns against eating undercooked food that has not been cooked at a high enough temperature to kill any dangerous bacteria. Finally, food stored at temperatures above 40 degrees F. for more than two hours can provide germs a place to multiply and thrive, potentially posing a danger to anybody who ingests it later.
What Happens if I Eat Contaminated Food?
Food that has been contaminated with foodborne pathogens can cause serious illness for anybody who eats it. Children, pregnant women, and people over 65 years old are more likely to suffer from food poisoning. Some common types of foodborne illnesses are:
- Escherichia coli (E. coli)
Consult an Experienced New York City Tainted Food Attorney
Food poisoning can not only leave you with serious bodily harm, but also struggling to pay medical bills or to make up for lost wages. If you or a loved one has contracted a foodborne illness, contact the law offices of Robinson & Yablon, P.C. today. We have the experience and resources necessary to investigate your case and build a claim that will help get you the compensation you deserve. We believe you have the right to fair compensation. Contact us today at (212) 725-8566.