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Ammonia in Food? More Common Than Originally Thought

In March of this year, our Chicago personal injury lawyers and the entire country were disgusted by the prospect of “pink slime,” a meat product consisting of bits of meat and muscle salvaged from slaughterhouse floors, that is treated with ammonium-hydroxide, a chemical generally used for window-cleaning and furniture-making.

Illinois product liability law requires that when corporations put a product on the market, they are responsible for ensuring that the product is safe for consumer use. This is especially true for food manufacturers whose merchandise has to be thoroughly inspected before it is allowed to be distributed to the public. When dangerous or contaminated foods harm consumers, the corporations may be liable for the injuries caused and may be legally responsible for damages caused by those injuries. This may give rise to an Illinois personal injury lawsuit. Nevertheless, using small amounts of ammonia to make food is more common than originally understood.

Our Chicago personal injury lawyers are concerned for the well being of consumers who have been unwittingly consuming the chemical; exposure to high levels of ammonia can cause irritation and serious burns on the skin, mouth, throat, lungs, and eyes, and in some cases may lead to death. Though eating a single portion of the foods made with ammonia won’t in and of itself lead to poisoning, if an individual consumes a high number of affected foods, serious health effects could potentially arise.

Additionally, concern arises over the concern itself: the fact that consumers are outraged stems entirely fact that customers have not been made aware of the additives in their food. In fact, in some cases U.S. regulators don’t even require companies to include ammonia on food labels.

A doctor will be able to diagnose if you have been infected by contaminated food. Additionally, a personal injury attorney may be able to advise you of your rights under the law; if you were sickened by disease-ridden food, either from a retail store or restaurant, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. People who suffer serious personal injury, hospitalization, or even death as a result of having eaten unsafe food products may be able to seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages.

If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of having eaten dangerous or infected food, seek medical attention immediately. Additionally, a personal injury attorney may be able to advise you of your rights under the law; you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in similar cases, including having won a $4 million settlement for three convention attendees who contracted salmonella poisoning that caused them to suffer crippling arthritic injuries.