Food Contamination

The attorneys at Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen are familiar with outbreaks of foodborne illness and represent clients who have experienced illness resulting from food poisoning and other food safety issues.

Foodborne illnesses, or food poisoning, can be the result of negligence by food processing facilities, wholesale food distributors, grocery stores, and restaurants. Such negligence can result in other food safety concerns, such as finding foreign objects, insects or even small animals in food. If you or someone in your family has contracted a foodborne illness or encountered another food safety issue, first see a doctor and get medical help. Then call the Allen Law Firm at 866-388-1307 to discuss your situation and determine whether you might have a case. Your consultation with our experienced team is free.

Signs and Symptoms of Foodborne Illness or Contamination

Food can become contaminated when handled in an unclean or unsafe manner. Visual signs of contamination are sometimes obvious but may not always be. Food poisoning occurs when the food is consumed. Symptoms can start within hours of eating the contaminated food, or even days or weeks later. If you have noticed changes in your health that you think are related to food you’ve eaten, you may be suffering from food poisoning. The symptoms of food poisoning include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue

Sources of Foodborne Illness

Food can become contaminated in a number of different ways by food manufacturers, grocery stores, restaurants, or their employees. The sources listed below commonly lead to food poisoning.

  • Raw or undercooked meat or poultry
  • Unpasteurized milk or cheese
  • Unsanitary food preparation
  • Unsanitary employee hygiene
  • Cross-contamination of food
  • Insufficient food inspection and selection

If a grocery store, food processor, or restaurant is guilty of any of the above, you may have a valid claim against them. Manufacturers, restaurants, and others who deal with food products are required to follow U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines. Negligence in following these standards is a violation of the law.

Timeline of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

When there is an outbreak of foodborne illness, state and local health departments, and/or federal agencies such as the Food & Drug Administration (the FDA) might conduct an investigation into the source and severity of the outbreak. These investigations hope to trace the source of the outbreak to the specific food manufacturer or grocery store responsible for the contamination. The outbreaks listed below are just a few that have recently affected Virginia.

  • Hepatitis A – Tropical Smoothie Cafes (2016)
  • Salmonella – Wonderful Pistachios (2016)[1]
  • E. coli – Costco, Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. (2015)[2]
  • E. coli – Chipotle, Inc. (2015)[3]
  • Listeria – Kouran Dairies, Inc. (2015)[4]
  • Salmonella – Cucumbers, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce (2015)[5]
  • Cyclosporoasis – Pueblo, Mexico Cilantro (2015)[6]

We Want To Help

If you or a family member has been affected by a foodborne illness, you may have a legal claim against a restaurant, food processor or grocery store.

At Allen and Allen, our lawyers have handled many complaints involving contaminated food and we know how to develop the evidence needed to win your case. We can review your claim to help you recover full and fair compensation for your injuries. Contact us at 1-866-388-1307.







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