The Federal government, along with state and local agencies, regulates food safety through the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Their mission is to ensure the U.S. food supply is “safe, nutritious, and wholesome.” The agencies also monitor and approve food labeling and warning standards.
Despite the many government programs, food poisoning related illnesses and deaths still occur due to contaminated or spoiled food products. There are hundreds of bacteria and viruses that can cause food borne illness or “food poisoning,” not to mention toxic agents such as pesticides, herbicides and those used in your every day rat or mice poisons. Over 350,000 people are hospitalized for food poisoning in the United States per year, many of which die from such poisoning.
If you have fallen seriously ill because of a food product you purchased from a grocery store or eat at a restaurant, contact our firm to review your rights. Remember there may be time limits, which you must make a claim or file a lawsuit.