In the Pacific Northwest, shellfish are considered a local delicacy and they’re served at high-end restaurants throughout the year. Restaurants and seafood stores owe a duty of care to their clients to serve and sell healthy shellfish that won’t make people sick. Unfortunately, the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) is real in Washington State. According to the Washington State Department of Health, people can get PSP from eating shellfish contaminated with a toxin from the phytoplankton Alexandrium catenella. The biotoxin affects the nervous system and paralyzes muscles. If shellfish with high levels of PSP are ingested, they can cause grave illness and even death. Part of what makes shellfish contaminated with PSP so dangerous is that you cannot kill the biotoxin by cooking or freezing them.Read More
According to a statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, November 1, there have been 10 reported cases of Salmonella Dublin poisoning linked to ground beef across six states between August 8 and September 22. Victims range in age between 48 and 74 and 80 percent are male. While Salmonella Dublin infections are common among cattle, it does rarely infect people and cause infections in the bloodstream. One person has died, one was sickened and eight others have been hospitalized, giving this outbreak a hospitalization rate of 89 percent. According to Medscape.com, the normal rate of hospitalization for Salmonella poisoning is 20 percent, making this outbreak an outlier.Read More
Sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, September, 2019 is National Food Safety Month. This year’s theme is “Controlling Risk: The Elements of a Food Safety Management System.” The 2019 goal is to support the important role employees play in making sure the food safety management system works properly to keep food safe.
Food poisoning lawyer
If you or a loved one was seriously injured or hospitalized because of contaminated or improperly prepared food, seek the help of an experienced food poisoning lawyer. The food poisoning attorney can discuss your legal rights and may be able to help you recover damages including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.Read More