Food Poisoning and E. coli
People depend on restaurants and other dining establishments to serve food that will be safe for their bodies to ingest. Although many food service industries do a good job overall in distributing meals that are to their customers’ safety expectations, hundreds of food poisoning cases occur each day. Any illness that is brought on by contaminated or poisoned food is considered to be food poisoning. E. coli is one of the most common forms of food poisoning that causes people to fall ill.
E. coli, or Escherichia coli, is an intestinal bacteria that all people possess. When the E. coli germ of an animal gets ingested by a person, the victim may contract E. coli poisoning and show different signs of illness. If a cattle being slaughtered contains E. coli in the digestive tract and the bacteria gets mixed into other cuts of meat that are ordered undercooked, a person may become poisoned.
Other Sources of E. coli
E. coli can also be found in milk that does not go through the pasteurization process. The bacteria can travel from the mammary glands of a cow and be ingested through raw milk. Also, fresh produce and water can be contaminated by cattle feces. If food industry employees do not wash their hands or food properly, they may transmit the bacteria to themselves or customers.
Symptoms of E. coli include:
- Kidney failure
- Stomach Cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blood in stools
If you or someone you know has been the victim of E. coli poisoning, contact the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers of the Hankey Law Office, P.C. at (800) 520-3633 today