One of the most popular fast foods these days is the burrito. This choice of food has been continuing to grow in popularity, and we have seen a growth in franchises opening that offer this food. While these tend to be big in size and can make one feel the slang-termed “food coma” after consuming one, what a burrito should not do is make you feel violently ill.
However, there was a recent widespread food poisoning outbreak tied to a Chipotle location, according to CBS. In fact, not only were there multiple reports of people falling ill, but dozens of people suffered illness. All of these cases were tied to the same restaurant location too. Customers reported throwing up, stomach pains, diarrhea, and severe dehydration. These are all common symptoms of food poisoning.
The restaurant then closed down for a period of time after there were several similar reports. However, they reported via a sign posted on their door that they were closed due to a staff shortage. At the same time as the closing due to low staff, a popular food poisoning website “Iwaspoisoned.com” received more than a dozen people posting the exact same symptoms after consuming Chipotle.
Food poisoning is unfortunately very common, particularly in some of America’s favorite fast food restaurants. When manufacturers or employees who partake in food preparation are negligent, food can easily become contaminated and cause illness to those who eat it. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year approximately every 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food poisoning. This converts to being roughly 48 million people who get sick every year. Additionally, 128,000 people are hospitalized, and 3,000 people die of foodborne illnesses. These are by far no small numbers, and exemplify why food poisoning is such a serious matter.
Additionally, there are 31 pathogens known to cause foodborne illnesses, also according to the CDC. However, there is another group known as “unspecified agents,” which can also cause illness. These agents have insufficient data to show their specific burden, but it has been known that they at the least cause acute gastroenteritis. This is a matter of identifying different and new sources out there that can lead to illness, but these unknown agents cause 38.4 million cases of illness annually.
Our attorneys understand the severity of food poisoning. The leading pathogens that cause illness or death are E. coli, salmonella, norovirus, listeria, clostridium perfringens, and Hepatitis A. Some groups are often more susceptible and vulnerable to illness too, such as infants, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems or who are suffering from chronic illness. It is imperative that foods be stored at proper temperatures and be prepared in a clean space by someone who has washed their hands and wears gloves. When producers and restaurants fail to take the necessary precautions to prevent contamination, foods become dangerous to consume, and illness and injury can occur. In these instances, consumers can hold negligent wrongdoers accountable through legal action, especially where unnecessary suffering and expenses have occurred that otherwise would not have but for illness caused by negligence.