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What is Food Poisoning ?Food Poisoning can occur when a food manufacturer, distributor or restaurant doesn’t take the proper precautions to ensure their product is fresh and free of bacteria or diseases.
Food poisoning can affect one person or it can occur as an outbreak in a group of people who all ate the same contaminated food.
Food poisoning tends to occur at picnics, school cafeterias, and large social functions. In these cases, food may be left out of the refrigerator too long or food preparation techniques may not be clean. Food poisoning often occurs from eating undercooked meats, dairy products, or food containing mayonnaise (like coleslaw or potato salad) that have sat out of the refrigerator too long.
Food poisoning can be caused by:
- Bacillus cereus
- E. coli enteritis
- Fish poisoning
- Mushroom poisoning
- Staphylococcus aureus
What are the Risks of Food Poisoning ?The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 72 illnesses, including 16 deaths, are linked to possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that 72 illnesses, including 13 listeria outbreak deaths, are linked to the tainted cantaloupe. State and local officials say they are investigating three additional food poisoning listeria outbreak deaths that may be connected.
The number of cantaloupe listeria outbreak cases will grow in the coming weeks because it can take four weeks or more for symptoms of listeria to show up.
While the most illnesses were reported in Colorado, outbreaks of listeria have already been reported in California. If you or a loved one has been affected by the cantaloupe listeria outbreak contact our office today for a FREE food listeria attorney consultation at 954-777-1111.