Food Impurities

Food poisoning occurs when someone ingests food that is contaminated with a harmful impurity. Despite the United States’ many food purity laws, food poisoning occurs frequently in the U.S. In general, the less processing a food product has received, the more likely it is to carry impurities that may cause harm.  Rodent hair, insect parts and larvae, or other organic impurities are present in many of the foods available on store shelves every day. Many of these common organic impurities are harmless and impossible to remove. However, if the impurity is harmful, illness or injury can result.

Each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Estimating illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths for various types of diseases is a common and important public health practice.  Food poisoning is most often caused by certain bacteria, chemical agents, or pesticides. Improper preparation, improper storage, or unsanitary conditions may lead to the introduction of harmful viruses or bacteria. Symptoms of food poisoning can include fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, abdominal pain, and general weakness.

If you or a loved one experience food poisoning, the food poisoning attorneys at the Kocian Law Group can help you prove your case and aggressively pursue the responsible persons. The most common defense in food poisoning cases is that the injured person cannot prove that the impurity involved (whether bacteria or some other impurity) came from the food as claimed. Kocian Law Group can help you build a case that demonstrates the presence of harmful impurities in a food item and fight for compensation from all responsible parties.

Types of Food Poisoning

Some common types of food poisoning occur from bacteria like salmonella, E. coli, listeria, and campylobacter. In recent years, food poisoning arising out of unsanitary spinach cultivation practices has highlighted our vulnerability to food impurity and food poisoning. Whether your claim involves food poisoning from bacteria or from some other source, it is always best to retain legal counsel as early in the process as possible. The food poisoning attorneys at the Kocian Law Group have handled complex injury cases including food poisoning and impure food claims, and we can help build the strongest possible case on your behalf.

In some cases, the food impurity is obvious. When an incident involves bone fragments inside processed meat or foreign objects inside a pre-packaged meal or prepared food, injuries in such cases are often immediate and severe and the foreign object is clearly to blame. In these instances, Connecticut’s products liability law allows the injured person to aggressively pursue all of the companies in the chain of distribution. Very often, the defense in such cases will try to shift responsibility to others, and attorneys at the Kocian Law Group can overcome such defenses by thorough investigation, research and pursuit of all liable persons or companies. We have handled many food impurity cases involving unsanitary or dangerous items in food, including bacteria, bone, glass, dead insects, metal objects, screws or nails, and a myriad of other objects or impurities. We have seen all manner of internal injuries as a result of food impurities, and our attorneys are well equipped with the experience and knowledge needed to handle complex food poisoning cases.