From Salmonella to Ice Cream, Food Poisoning Remains an Alabama Safety Concern
It can be easy to take eating out at a local restaurant or picking up a pint of ice cream at the grocery store for granted. In almost every instance, you enjoy tasty food without suffering any ill effects. However, food poisoning is more common than you might think. According to the CDC, roughly 1 in 6 Americans will experience food poisoning or illness of some kind.
Alabama is no exception to this general rule, and recent food poisoning outbreaks in the state and across the country serve as a sobering reminder of the deadly nature of food poisoning.
Salmonella Outbreak at Johnny Ray’s Restaurant
Johnny Ray’s, a Pelham restaurant, had a recent salmonella outbreak that left at least four people injured. Two of the restaurant’s patrons left with a rare strain of salmonella enteritidis.
As a result, the restaurant was temporarily closed on January 8, 2016 by an emergency order. It is unclear whether the restaurant will be liable to any food poisoning claims from injured parties since final lab and test results are still pending, and other possible cases are still being investigated as well.
In the restaurant’s defense, its most recent inspection from the Alabama Department of Public Health gave the restaurant a score of 94, a number which demonstrates that the restaurant is inspected on a routine schedule and satisfactorily complies with health and safety requirements.
Even so, that does not mean that food poisoning victims in this case do not have legal grounds for a lawsuit. Even if the restaurant did not do anything negligent, an Alabama food poisoning attorney can help you follow the contaminated food’s chain of distribution. In essence, this requires tracing the contamination of the food to its original source since anyone involved in the chain of distribution could be liable for negligence.
As such, injured parties in this salmonella outbreak would be wise to seek compensation for their personal injuries with the help of an experienced Alabama injury attorney for their personal injuries.
Even Alabama Ice Cream Has Been a Food Poisoning Risk in Recent Months
Texas-based Blue Bell ice cream is popular in grocery stores across the nation, so it should come as little surprise that Alabamans cheered when Blue Bell returned to Alabama grocery stores in December of 2015.
What Alabamans may not know, however, is why the ice cream disappeared in the first place. Blue Bell had a product recall in April after a listeria outbreak left 10 people across the country infected. Three people died after their listeria illness. Even after the product recall and subsequent return to grocery stores, Blue Bell is still dealing with continued listeria concerns.
Both of these cases serve to remind us of the threats posed by foodborne illness. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a food poisoning outbreak, contact Noel B. Leonard for a legal consultation to learn if you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Noel B. Leonard is an experienced personal injury attorney and represents clients in the cities of Foley and Mobile, as well as all of Escambia, Baldwin, and Mobile Counties every day. Call 251-943-8638 or schedule a consultation online.