Food poisoning and types
Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating contaminated food. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or toxins. The symptoms of food poisoning vary depending on the type of contaminant, but they can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.
According to the California Department of Public Health, there were an estimated 48 million cases of foodborne illness in California in 2020. Of these, 3,000 people were hospitalized and 120 died. The most common causes of food poisoning in California are Salmonella, Norovirus, and Campylobacter. Here are some of the most common types of food poisoning that you must be aware of:
- Salmonella: Salmonella is a bacteria that is commonly found in poultry, eggs, and dairy products. It can also be found in uncooked meat, unpasteurized milk, and contaminated water. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning usually start within 12 to 72 hours of eating contaminated food and can last for up to a week.
- Campylobacter: Campylobacter is another bacteria that is commonly found in raw meat, poultry, and unpasteurized milk. It can also be found in contaminated water. Symptoms of campylobacter poisoning usually start within 2 to 5 days of eating contaminated food and can last for up to a week.
- Listeria: Listeria is a bacteria that can be found in soft cheeses, hot dogs, and deli meats. It can also be found in contaminated food and water. Symptoms of listeria poisoning usually start within 1 to 4 weeks of eating contaminated food and can last for several weeks or even months.
- Norovirus: Norovirus is a virus that is commonly found in contaminated food and water. It can also be spread through contact with an infected person. Symptoms of norovirus poisoning usually start within 12 to 48 hours of being exposed to the virus and can last for up to 3 days.
- E. coli: E. coli is a bacteria that can be found in undercooked beef, poultry, and dairy products. It can also be found in contaminated water. Symptoms of E. coli poisoning usually start within 1 to 3 days of eating contaminated food and can last for up to a week.
If you think you have food poisoning, it is important to see a doctor. There is no specific treatment for food poisoning, but your doctor may prescribe medication to help relieve your symptoms.
Protecting Your Legal Rights
Food poisoning cases in California are typically handled under the California Food Code. The Food Code is a set of regulations that govern the handling of food in California. It includes requirements for food safety practices, such as cooking food to the proper temperature, washing hands thoroughly, and keeping food cold.
If you believe you have been the victim of food poisoning in California, you may have a legal claim against the restaurant or grocery store where you purchased the contaminated food. To bring a successful lawsuit, you will need to prove that the restaurant or grocery store was negligent in their handling of food. This could include failing to cook food to the proper temperature, failing to wash hands thoroughly, or failing to keep food cold.
You may also be able to file a claim with your insurance company. Most homeowner’s and renters’ insurance policies include coverage for food poisoning. The amount of coverage you have will depend on your policy.
Food poisoning is a serious problem that can cause illness, hospitalization, and even death. It is important to be aware of the common types of food poisoning and their symptoms. If you are considering filing a lawsuit or filing a claim with your insurance company, it is important to speak with a food poisoning lawyer or contaminated food lawyer. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options. When you choose Garcia & Phan Law Firm, you’re choosing a legal partner who will relentlessly pursue your case, advocating for your rights and ensuring that those responsible for your suffering are held accountable. Get in touch with us right away at (714) 586-8298.