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A common concern among New York diners is finding an object or substance in their food that was definitely not on the menu. Although finding a foreign object in one’s food is certainly an unpleasant experience, the greater danger is unknowingly ingesting the object, which can lead to severe health problems.
What is a Foreign Object?
A foreign object in food may include any substance or object that does not belong in the food or drink. For example, a food served in a restaurant that includes broken glass or ceramic, packaging, and animal parts not intended for consumption all constitute foreign objects according to the Food and Drug Administration.
What are the Dangers of Foreign Objects in Food?
Beyond the unpleasantness of finding a bandage or piece of glass in a meal you were looking forward to eating, foreign objects in food can pose significant health risks if ingested. Some common injuries sustained from eating food contaminated with foreign objects include the following:
- Lacerations from sharp objects to the mouth and esophagus
- Injury to stomach or other internal organs
- Food poisoning and infection due to ingestion of the object
- Allergic reactions to the foreign substance
Serious injury may even require surgery to treat the damage or remove the object that was unknowingly ingested.
What to do if You have Found or Ingested a Foreign Object at a Restaurant?
Restaurants in New York City must follow safety regulations set forth by the state and city health departments. Restaurants who serve the public have a legal duty of care and obligation not to unduly harm their customers. If a guest at a restaurant suffers injury by chewing, choking on, or swallowing a foreign object, the restaurant can be held liable for the injury.
If you have found a foreign object in your food, you should inform the manager of the restaurant. You should also document the incident if possible by taking a picture of the object and keeping a record of the receipts, in addition to obtaining the name of your server and making sure to note who you were dining with. Of course, you should seek proper medical attention to make sure any injuries are treated and further injury is prevented. Finally, you should seek professional legal advice if you wish to file a claim against the restaurant.
Contact an Experienced New York City Foreign Substances Attorney
If you believe you suffered an injury due to consuming a foreign object found in your food, 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. Contact us online or call us today at (212) 725-8566 to set up a consultation.