Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is often considered an unlikely risk of eating at low-scale restaurants or ordering food cooked less than thoroughly. However, significant and dangerous food poisoning comes  in many different forms, and from a variety of different foods. If you believe that you have become ill from food poisoning due to improper preparation, willful contamination (spitting, etc.), or from traces of pesticides used in produce, contact the Oakland food poisoning lawyers at Weltin, Streb & Weltin today.

Meats like chicken and ground beef have long been known as some of the riskiest foods when it comes to food poisoning from under-cooking. While this is still the case, produce can be just as likely to cause foodborne illness. Outbreaks of Salmonella, E. Coli and other bacterium have been linked to various fruits and vegetables like spinach, cantaloupes, salads and mangoes just to name a few.

Besides bacteria, residues from pesticides are often found as the cause of poisoning on or within produce.  Even pesticides that have been outlawed for many years because of their toxicity to humans are sometimes still found in small traces on fruits and vegetables because the chemicals have remained in the soil where the produce was grown.

Despite an increase in government safety campaigns and regulations, some food poisoning rates have not improved (like salmonella), and Campylobacter rates have increased by 15% between 2006 and 2013. When undocumented cases enter the equation, it’s easy to see that food poisoning is still a danger when the many people that handle the food before you don’t take proper precautions. (CNN.com)

If you become sick and have symptoms of food poisoning, contact our office as soon as possible so we can begin the process of investigating the possible causes. The sooner you make contact with us, the more likely we will be able to isolate the potential contamination, and the better chance you have of collecting compensation for your illness. Use the contact form on the left or call (501) 251-6060 to speak with a Bay Area food poisoning attorney today.