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Food poisoning can affect anyone who happens to ingest contaminated food products. This uncomfortable illness is often characterized by severe stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Though it is typically not considered to be dangerous, serious cases can cause the victim to become dangerously dehydrated. Typically, however, food poisoning leaves the body after 24-48 hours and the victim recovers quickly.
Causes of Food Poisoning
Food poisoning may be caused by a variety of different bacteria, viruses, and parasites. These microorganisms can contaminate food products during any part of the harvesting, packaging, storing, or preparation processes. Certain types of food poisoning can also be passed from person to person through contact.
Commonly, food-borne illnesses will attack people who ingest the following:
- Contaminated, unwashed produce
- Raw meat, undercooked meat, or meat that has been left out too long
- Unpasteurized milk and juices
- Food prepared by unsanitary workers (not washing hands after using the restroom)
- Certain, toxic foods (such as certain types of mushrooms)
- Exotic foods that have not been prepared correctly
- Food that has not been stored properly
If you have suffered food poisoning as the result of a restaurant’s poor sanitation protocol, or as the result of a food manufacturing company’s failure to properly clean, store, or package its products, then you have the right to demand damages from this negligent business.