Defective Food Products Cause Serious Complications
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, one in six Americans get sick due to food-borne diseases. That amounts to almost 50 million Americans every year. Additionally, more than 120,000 Americans are hospitalized and more than 3000 die each year due to food poisoning. As statistics clearly show, food poisoning is a cause for concern. Every year you hear of outbreaks of food poisoning leading to manufacturers recalling hundreds of defective food products from the market. Many of these outbreaks involve multiple states. In the last year alone, there have been more than 15 food poisoning outbreaks that involved multiple states, some even affecting up to 30 states at once. Unfortunately these outbreaks mainly affect those who are in a vulnerable state such as children below the age of 5, people above the age of 65, pregnant women and their unborn children, and people with weak immune systems.
Most food poisoning outbreaks are due to microorganisms like bacteria, parasites, and viruses in the food. Of theses, E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Norovirus, Clostridium perfringens, and Staphylococcus aureus are considered some of the most dangerous pathogens. The reason these are considered dangerous is that not only do they cause food poisoning, they can also lead to secondary illnesses that can be long term. Listeria infections during pregnancy can lead to still-births and miscarriages, and if the infection spreads to the nervous system, it can cause meningitis. E. coli infections in children below 5 years and in the elderly can cause acute and life-threatening kidney failure. In some cases of Salmonella and Campylobacter infections, people have been known to develop reactive arthritis of knees and ankles.
Since January 2013, there have already been more than 10 defective product recalls ranging from roast beef to organic spinach. Most of the product recalls were due to potential Listeria, E. coli, and Salmonella contamination. Last year, an Indiana cantaloupe farm, Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Indiana, was linked to a salmonella outbreak that affected 178 people in over 20 states and killed 2 people.
Are you a victim of a defective food product that has caused a serious long-term illness or even wrongful death? If so, you may be struggling with huge medical bills, and an inability to work, among other major complications. Do not forget that the law is on your side. Indiana’s strict Product Liability Act ensures that the manufacturer is liable for any damage caused by a product. Time is of the essence, however, so contact one of our Indiana product liability attorneys now and we will give you a free evaluation of your case.