Food is one of the most intimate products with which a consumer interacts on a daily basis. Indeed, unlike clothing, vehicles, electronics, or myriad other products, food is something that we ingest, and in doing so, we often trust it to, if not help us, certainly not harm us.
Unfortunately, unsafe and unethical food practices often lead to consumer harm. And when such harm occurs, an affected victim may have a cause of action against the distributor or producer of food, or another party along the supply chain. At the office of DC Law, an Austin food poisoning lawyer can help you establish a causal link between your harm and the negligence of the at-fault party.
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Litigating Food Poisoning Claims in Austin
What Are Food Adulteration and Food Poisoning?
The adulteration of food refers to a process by which the quality of a food product is diminished or altered by the addition or extraction of an ingredient. Adulteration also refers to the replacement of a product or products within a specific food (i.e., a bag of chips) with something different. Also known as “food fraud,” adulteration of food may involve anything from replacing natural vanilla in a product with synthetic vanilla to adding diethylene glycol (a toxic chemical) to wine, and more. Many adulterants have been linked to a variety of health complications, including stomach upset, liver problems, carcinogenic effects, tumors, heart disease, and more.
Food poisoning, on the other hand, refers to illness caused by food contaminated with a foodborne illness. Common foodborne illnesses include salmonella, rotavirus, E. coli, and many others. Symptoms might include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, severe dehydration, and in some cases, even death.
Who’s Liable for Harm Caused by Food Adulteration or Poisoning?
The hardest parts of filing a lawsuit based on food poisoning are identifying the source of the food poisoning and proving it. If this is possible, then you may be able to hold the manufacturer/producer of the food product liable for any damages you’ve suffered based on the at-fault party’s negligence. Examples of negligence that lead to food contamination often include improper storage or sanitation of food, contamination at the farm (being washed by water contaminated with animal manure), failure to wash hands, and more.
Food adulteration cases are even more complicated. These claims typically focus on fraud — the intentional misrepresentation of a product for material gain.
At the office of DC Law, we are passionate about representing consumers and believe that you have a right to know what you’re eating and that what you’re eating should be safe, without exception. If you believe you have a food adulteration or food poisoning case, please call our legal team and schedule a free consultation with an Austin lawyer.