• E. coli Outbreak
  • June 22, 2011 | Author: Lawrence J. Buckfire
  • Law Firm: Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. - Southfield Office
  • Our Michigan food poisoning attorneys represent those who suffer from foodborne illnesses. It has come to our attention that in Germany at least 30 people have recently died at the hands of E. coli. Contaminated sprouts are to blame for the E. coli according to German health officials. An environmental sanitarian, Tim Link says “Fruits and vegetables are part of a healthful diet, but because they don’t get cooked, they can become contaminated.”

     

    Contamination Leads To Food Poisoning

     

    Contamination of fresh produce often occurs when the produce are being watered in a field or washed during processing with water already contaminated with salmonella. Also, if juices form raw meat and poultry come into contacts with these products in the kitchen then contamination may occur.

     

    Food Poisoning in the United States

     

    The amount of food poisoning cases are rising, with one in six Americans sickened this past year. According to Dr. Richard Fairley, “Most food poisoning, for most people, is uneventful - not life threatening. But there are occasionally people who are at risk of serious complications.”  Approximately 50 million Americans get sick from foodborne illnesses with about 3,000 dying as a result annually, estimated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Surprisingly, even though infections caused by E. coli have dropped in the past 15 years, infections from Salmonella have increased.

     

    Food Poisoning: Salmonella

     

    About 1 million Americans each year are sickened by Salmonella each year costing $365 million in direct medical costs. Symptoms of Salmonella include:

     

    • Fever
    • Diarrhea
    • Abdominal Cramps
    • Headaches

    These symptoms usually last up to between 4-7 days. Link says, “Foodborne illness is very under-reported. If you have the ‘flu’ and it’s (gastrointestinal), it’s probable food poisoning.”

     

    Precautions To Avoid Food Poisoning

     

    Some precautions to help limit exposure to foodborne illnesses include:

     

    • Washing your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing fresh produce
    • Cut away damaged or bruised areas before preparing or eating
    • Wash produce before you peel it
    • Throw away the outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage
    • Refrigerate cut melons and cut tomatoes

    Michigan Food Poisoning Lawsuits

    The statute of limitations for Michigan food poisoning cases varies from state to state. In Michigan, you must file a lawsuit within three years of the date of the poisoning. It is important that you hire a food poisoning lawyer as soon as possible so that your claim is not destroyed due to a missed deadline.


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