Causes of Food Poisoning

There is a long list of contaminants that find their way into food. Through proper food production, storage, and preparation, the risk that these contaminants will be a hazard to the health of consumers becomes very small. Sadly, not all food producers, grocery stores, and restaurants take precautions to ensure their food is safe for consumption.

If you or your loved one has been sickened as a consequence of exposure to contaminated food, contact the Des Moines food poisoning attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600 to learn about your legal rights in this situation.

Food Poisoning Contaminants

Viruses, bacteria, toxins, and parasites are the four main causes of food poisoning. The three main viruses associated with food-borne illnesses are:

  • Norovirus
  • Rotavirus
  • Hepatitis A

The most common bacterial dangers in food products are:

  • E coli
  • Salmonella
  • Staphylococcus aureus

Common toxic agents include:

  • Mushroom toxins
  • Pesticides
  • Scombroid

The most common parasites are:

  • Giardia
  • Cryptosporidium

Symptoms of Food Poisoning

Minor food poisoning may only result in a stomach ache as your body rids itself of the substance. However, for some people, the pain and comfort comes on fast and is very uncomfortable. Common symptoms of food poisoning include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping

If you have experienced these symptoms, it is important to seek treatment immediately. Some of the above-referenced contaminants can do significant damage to your digestive tract, causing serious illness or even death.

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Cases of food poisoning can quickly turn into serious health problems. If you or your loved one has been the victim of food contamination, contact the Des Moines food poisoning attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600 for a free consultation.

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