Concern for Illinois food poisoning has particularly increased after the recent recall of 3,200 pounds of Chicago Boxed Beef Distributor’s of raw and ready-to-eat sausage products. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the products were not handled in a manner to prevent cross contamination between raw and ready-to-eat products. Furthermore, our Chicago personal injury lawyers were surprised to learn that the products’ label was not approved by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The product was classified as a class I level risk – the highest health hazard situation. Consumption of the product may cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
The food service industry reaches much of the Illinois population with around 8257 Chicago restaurants listed on the popular restaurant review website yelp.com. When workers don’t take precautions to wash their hands or restaurants don’t use safe food handling practices such as properly storing raw meat, they put many lives into danger. According to the University of Chicago Medical Center, some common bacteria are:
• Salmonella and Campylobacter – usually found in cattle, poultry, and swine. It can also be found in raw meat, eggs, and unpasteurized dairy products.
• Clostridium perfringens – can be found in raw meat, poultry, eggs, unpasteurized dairy products, and produce. Infection can occur when soups, stew, and gravies made with meat (including fish and poultry) are improperly stored or left unrefrigerated for hours.
• Listeria – usually found in raw meats.
• Staphylococci – can be transferred to food when a person with the bacteria on his or her skin, nose, or throat handles the food.
• Escherichia coli (E. coli) – may be present in intestines of even healthy cattle. Infection can occur when the beef (especially ground beef) is undercooked or when unpasteurized milk is consumed.
Our Illinois personal injury attorneys receive many calls from people who have become ill after eating at Chicago restaurants. The Illinois Department of Public Health estimates that there are as many as 250,000 cases of foodborne illness that occur just in Illinois each year. A majority of these illnesses go unreported. Reporting cases of food poisoning is an important civil service. By reporting incidents of food poisoning, the government and public is put on alert of the health hazard. Chicago food poisoning lawyers ask that you help prevent foodbourne illness by reporting incidents of food poisoning caused by restaurants in Cook County by calling 708-974-7118 or filling out an online form here: http://www.cookcountypublichealth.org/complaint-forms/foodborne-illness If you are not located in Cook County, please call your local county health department.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, symptoms of foodborne illnesses can be seen from about 30 minutes to two weeks after consumption of the contaminated food. If the symptoms are severe or if the victim is very young, old, pregnant or already ill, the Illinois Department of Health and Chicago foodbourne illness attorneys suggest you immediately call a doctor or go to a nearby hospital.