Food Poisoning
 
 
 


What you need to know about
food poisoning, food safety,
and your legal rights

The Law Offices of Eric H. Weinberg, have sponsored FoodPoisoning.com to:
Provide you with up-to-date information on foodborne illness, food poisoning outbreaks, and food recalls;
 
Put together the resources you need to understand food safety issues;
Protect your rights when you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of food poisoning.
If you or a family member has suffered from food poisoning,
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What is a Foodborne Illness or “Food Poisoning”?

Foodborne illness, or "food poisoning," occurs when food contaminated with bacteria or other pathogens, such as parasites or viruses, is consumed. Poisonous chemicals, pesticides, and other harmful substances can also cause foodborne illness.
 
Food Poisoning Symptoms may include upset stomach, diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, headache, weakness, and dehydration. The symptoms may appear several hours to several days after ingesting contaminated food.
 
Typically, food becomes contaminated with a microbial pathogen as a result of improper food processing, handling, preparation and/or storage. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most commonly recognized foodborne infections are those caused by the bacteria Campylobacter, Salmonella, Escherichia coli (specifically, E. coli O157:H7), and Listeria, as well as a group of viruses called noroviruses (also known as Norwalk-like virus or calcivirus). Common diseases that are occasionally foodborne, although usually transmitted by other routes, include infections caused by Shigella and Hepatitis A and by the parasites, Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidia. Still other foodborne diseases are caused by the presence of a toxin produced by a microbe found in food. For example, a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum causes the rare but deadly disease botulism