Food poisoning, more accurately called foodborne illness, is caused by harmful toxins present in food that is consumed. Typically, these are bacteria (such as E. coli), parasites, or viruses, although food poisoning can also be caused by chemicals, such as pesticides, present in food. The contamination of food can result from poor sanitation, improper handling, preparation, or food storage. While good hygiene can lower the risk of contracting food poisoning, it is not a guarantee.
The symptoms of food poisoning are similar to those of the flu and the two are often difficult to tell apart. Symptoms of food poisoning typically manifest themselves within 48 hours of consuming contaminated food. The common symptoms of food poisoning include:
While the symptoms of food poisoning are usually mild and the recovery quick, foodborne illness can cause more serious health problems, especially for those with weaker immune systems. The bacterium that causes botulism, for example, is quite rare and is often deadly. Some of the most common causes of food poisoning include salmonella, E. coli, campylobacter, parasites, hepatitis A, and norovirus. If you have been harmed due to eating contaminated food, our food poisoning lawyers may be able to help. Fill out the short form on this page for a free review of your potential food poisoning claim today.