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Food Poisoning

Most people have experienced a case of food poisoning at some point in their lives, even if they do not realize it. The symptoms are usually mild and may be mistaken for a common stomach virus. However, not everyone exposed to food contaminants is so fortunate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 325,000 people are hospitalized for food poisoning every year.

Causes of Food Poisoning

Although it is generally referred to as one condition, food poisoning can actually have several different causes, each with different outcomes. Food can be contaminated with dangerous agents such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites. It can also contain toxins, such as poisonous plants.

Although it is generally referred to as one condition, food poisoning can actually have several different causes, each with different outcomes. Food can be contaminated with dangerous agents such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites. It can also contain toxins, such as poisonous plants.

  • Food stored at incorrect temperatures
  • Employees in the food industry who do not wash their hands adequately
  • Faulty food product packaging
  • Exposure to pesticides or poisons
  • Same kitchen instruments used to handle raw and prepared meat

If you have become ill after eating mishandled food, a Jacksonville food poisoning lawyer can help you determine whether you have a case.

Symptoms of Food Poisoning

The most common symptoms associated with food poisoning are nausea and diarrhea. However, some contaminants can cause much more serious health problems. In fact, the CDC estimates that about 5,000 people die from food poisoning every year in the US.

Some symptoms of food poisoning requiring emergency treatment include:

  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Sharp cramps lasting longer than 15 minutes

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent food industry worker, contact Jacksonville food poisoning attorney Don Guthrie at 904-296-1088.








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