As a consumer, you place significant trust in the manufacturers, distributors and preparers of your food.
According to the Center for Disease Control, food contaminated with bacterial listeriosis can be dangerous for pregnant women, babies, older adults and immunocompromised individuals.
Common foods containing listeria monocytogenes
Some restaurants are better at storing and preparing food than others. Those at risk of serious injury from food-borne illness should be cautious when ordering the following items from a menu:
- Soft cheeses (brie, feta or queso)
- Deli meat or cold cuts
- Raw or unpasteurized milk
- Seafood and smoked fish
- Ice cream
Symptoms of food poisoning include stomach cramps, vomiting, fever and diarrhea. If you begin to feel sick after consuming groceries from your local market or grabbing takeout at your favorite café, you should call your doctor’s office as soon as possible.
Food Poisoning Liability
CDC data suggest that nearly 1,600 people suffer from listeria annually. Foodservice businesses must follow specific safety procedures to prevent contamination and ensure customer safety. Some of these protocols include storing meat products at appropriate temperatures, discarding expired food and following shelf-stability guidelines. When a listeria outbreak occurs, victims can recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, wrongful death or pain and suffering.
Listeria can present anywhere from eight hours to two weeks after eating, and it can be difficult to trace the culprit. You can start by contacting your local health department to report your illness and ask about current outbreaks.
Because you rely so heavily on the food and drink industry for your nutrition needs, it is important to understand the dangers of listeria infections and know your rights in protecting your health.