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Prevent Foodborne Illness

Prevent Foodborne Illness. Safe cooking methods are essential.

Prevent Foodborne Illness

According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from a foodborne illness each year. Annually, these diseases result in 128,000 hospital visits and 3,000 deaths. Beef and poultry have the highest risk for carrying a dangerous pathogen. Salmonella, Listeria, and Toxoplasma are the deadliest bacteria, and each strand causes uncomfortable symptoms as they attack the intestinal track. Whether you eat at home, a friend’s house, or a restaurant, improper preparation and cooking methods increase the likelihood you will suffer from food poisoning. Treating these diseases can result in high medical bills and lost wages as you recover.

Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness

The Mayo Clinic suggests you follow these tips to prevent food poisoning at home:

  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap before and after handling meat
  • Store raw foods away from other foods to prevent cross-contamination
  • Use a thermometer to ensure foods are cooked to a safe temperature. Ground beef should reach 160 degrees, steaks and pork should reach 145 degrees, and poultry should reach 165 degrees
  • Refrigerate meat and dairy within two hours after purchasing
  • Defrost food in the refrigerator, not on the kitchen counter
  • If you are unsure whether food was stored, prepared, or cooked safely, don’t eat it

Obtain Compensation for Your Injuries

When another person’s negligence causes you to suffer food poisoning, then you may be able to recover medical costs, lost wages, and other damages. An experienced attorney can help you obtain compensation for the costs of foodborne illness. Thorp Law attorneys representing people who have been injured by negligence have vast experience representing personal injury victims. Our team of lawyers and investigators will work vigorously on your behalf so you can recover.

Our law firm and personal injury attorneys handle personal injury, trucking accident, product liability, medical malpractice and other types of cases. Thorp Law handles cases throughout North Carolina, including Wake County, Durham County, Orange County, Johnston County and other counties throughout the state.