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Food Poisoning: 3 Biggest Offenders

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on November 1, 2013

We’ve all been there, food poisoning is the worst. Sometimes we assume the risks of eating something questionable, but other times we prepared the food ourselves and never saw it coming. Food poisoning is hard to avoid, but we can be aware of the risky foods that are known to cause a high number of food related illnesses. Knowing how to properly steer clear of dangers is as important as knowing how to properly prepare the risky foods. Listed below are 3 common suspects of food poisoning, and some information about their transference.

3 Common Foods that Cause Food Poisoning

1. Eggs

The FDA reports that 140,000 Americans are affected each year by food poisoning from bacteria found in eggs, and approximately 30 of them die. The risk comes from the tainted shells, usually from animal waste. It is advised to cook all eggs thoroughly before you eat them. Also, you should always thoroughly wash your hands and every surface that has touched uncooked, liquid egg.

2. Produce

Not being an animal product, produce is a surprising addition to this list. It turns out that leafy green vegetables are the leading offender of foodborne illness. The fields that the veggies are grown in are often polluted by environmental factors and animal feces. They are known to contain E. Coli, salmonella, and other forms of bacterial infection.

3. Fish

I personally associate fish with being a healthy source of fatty acids and protein, but it’s easy to forget how easily they can be contaminated with food poisoning causing bacteria. When the waters get warmer, fish have a higher possibility of containing the dangerous bacteria, vibrio. Vibrio is the bacteria that causes cholera. Fish have recently been studied to find abnormally high amounts of mercury contamination as well. Be careful when buying fish, and always cook it thoroughly to at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit!

If you or someone you know has been accidentally exposed to harmful bacteria due to someone else’s folly, please contact the professionals at W.T. Johnson for legal help!

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Food Poisoning: Salmonella Found in Foster Farms Chicken

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on October 9, 2013

raw-chicken-wt-johnsonA salmonella outbreak is sweeping the United States this week, but many of the details are unknown. In a worse case scenario, the government shutdown’s effect on the Center for Disease Control may lead to more and more Americans in the hospital.

Foster Farms, distributors of chicken, has accidentally distributed chicken contaminated with salmonella, causing hundreds of reported illnesses. The Food Safety and Inspection Service, of the United States Department of Agriculture, announced Monday that 278 illnesses have been reported across 18 states. States include: Arizona, Arkansas, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. The current number of reported illnesses is expected to grow. The affected products were mainly distributed out of outlets in California, Oregon, and Washington(state). California has been the most affected thus far.

The outbreak is ongoing, and the few available officials are unable to attach the contamination to a specific product. Salmonella more severely affects those with weaker immune systems, such as young children and the elderly. When cooking chicken it is advised to cook it until the internal temperature is 165 degrees.

Due to the government shutdown, many of the necessary government employees have been furloughed. Many employees of the CDC and USDA are legally restricted from traveling to work voluntarily, and are even prohibited from checking their emails. Lab workers are not present to test for the severity of outbreak, and the tools necessary for testing are being held, unable to to help.

There have been reported cases in Texas, so please be safe and seek medical attention immediately if you’ve been affected by the foodborne illness. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to the negligence of a food distributor, please contact the professionals at the Law Office of W.T. Johnson for a consultation.

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Prevent Food Poisoning: 4 Tips on Buying the Best Fish

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on October 3, 2013


October is National Seafood Month, so as many gear up for a meal fresh from the surf, it’s very important to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from food poisoning. Seafood is a healthy, nutritious addition to any diet, but in order to receive the benefits you need to know how to identify fish that’s safe to eat. Two of the most common types of food poisoning from fish are scombroid and ciguatera, both result from the consumption of spoiled fish. Here are some helpful tips on choosing the best seafood, for taste and health.

1. Smell

A fresh fish should smell like clean water, brine or even a scent that is reminiscent of cucumbers. If the fish smells sour or similar to ammonia, you should not eat it because even cooking it will not fix the issue.

2. Appearance

It’s easy to spot a fresh looking fish, just remember these tips. The gills should be bright red, but if there’s a milky residue than something bad may be afoot. The flesh of the fish or fillet should be shiny and somewhat metallic, be sure to avoid any dull or grayish colored fish. Also, the eyes should be clear and slightly bulgy, not sunken and foggy.

3. Touch

If you touch or poke the fish, the flesh should be firm and resilient. You can tell it’s old if it stays indented from the prod, like clay or putty.

4. Packaging

Check the expiration date, has it passed or is it near? When do you plan on cooking the fish? Consider when you’d like to cook the seafood meal; if it’s too far from the expiration date, you may want to reconsider storing it. Many packages will say the temperature in which the fish was stored, remember that the closer to 32 degrees the better.

Hopefully you don’t fall victim to mishandled fish; the symptoms of food poisoning are torture. If you fall ill due to spoiled fish, whoever served it to you may owe you compensation depending on the degree of negligence involved. Inversely, you don’t want to put yourself at risk of legal action if you serve spoiled fish. If you fall victim to food poisoning at the hands of another, contact W.T. Johnson to get on the track to proper compensation.

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Class Action Suit Filed on NYC Restaurant for Spread of Hepatitis A

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 30, 2013

cringing-man-holding-stomach-in-pain-wt-johnsonThe New Hawaii Sea restaurant located in the Bronx, New York is in legal trouble after 4 patrons and a worker have been diagnosed with hepatitis A. Not exactly a classic case of food poisoning, the virus had spread to patrons after eating food that had been handled by an infected worker.  The suit is led by attorney William Marler, the same William Marler who won his client $15.6 million in a case where the client contracted e. coli from a Jack in the Box in 1993. Lisa Ann Imperati is seeking unspecified damages after she was supposedly exposed to the virus after eating at New Hawaii Sea on September 10th and 14th. After the word of the outbreak spreads, the number of people joining the class action suit is expected to grow. Marler criticizes Mayor Bloomberg for considering the regulation of tobacco and soft drink consumption more important than vaccinating food workers.

This marks the 4th hepatitis scare in NYC in the last 6 months. New Hawaii Sea was shut down by public health authorities on September 20th. City health officials are urging people who ate there between September 7th and 19th to go to a doctor in order to be examined and vaccinated for the virus. Symptoms of hepatitis A tend to manifest anywhere between 15 to 50 days after exposure, common symptoms are jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea. If the vaccine is administered within 14 days of exposure, full contraction of the virus could be avoided early. With this in mind, city officials have sent a team to a local High School to administer hepatitis A vaccinations, free of charge.

As a customer, if a business does an injustice to you, it is likely others have been affected by their negligence as well. Let W.T. Johnson get you and the other victims the necessary compensation by contacting us immediately with your case.

How to Prevent Cross-Contact Food Poisoning

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 18, 2013

How to Prevent Cross-Contact Food PoisoningSince September is National Food Safety Month, we want to help share some tips about how you can prevent food poisoning. Many people experience food poisoning by consuming products that had food allergens without being warned they contained allergens. This year’s Food Safety Month theme is to avoid a reaction, take action.

There are around 160 food products that can cause allergic reactions that result in food poisoning symptoms, but there are eight food items that account for 90 percent of food allergies, which are:

  • Milk
  • Soybeans
  • Peanuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Tree nuts
  • Eggs
  • Wheat

For those who are working in restaurants, an important way to keep guests safe who have food allergies is to protect them from cross-contact, which is when a food allergen is transferred to a food that didn’t have an allergen to begin with. You can prevent this by:

  • Washing, rinsing and sanitizing cookware and utensils that contained the allergen before using them to cook another food.
  • Wash your hands and change gloves after preparing food that contains allergens.
  • Use separate fryers and oils when cooking products for guests who have food allergies.
  • Prepare food for guests with food allergies in a separate area.

Many restaurants try hard to protect guests with food allergies from food poisoning, but not all are as vigilant. If you or a loved one have food allergies, and were a victim of food poisoning due to a negligent restaurant or company, you deserve justice and compensation. Contact the Texas food poisoning attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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Does Arsenic in Rice Cause Food Poisoning?

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 16, 2013

Does arsenic in rice cause food poisoning?For the past 20 years the Food and Drug Administration has been monitoring arsenic in rice to try to protect consumers from food poisoning. Arsenic is a naturally occurring contaminant that shows up in soil and water, so it does appear in food.

Arsenic is a chemical element distributed in the Earth’s crust. Fuel burning, mining and the use of arsenic compounds in pesticides have also added arsenic to the environment. But the FDA says that even if you stripped all human contributions, there would still be arsenic in food.

And rice is particularly vulnerable since it is grown in water and takes in arsenic, so there are higher levels in rice than in other foods. The FDA has been monitoring arsenic levels in foods for many years, but through advances in testing, the FDA can now get more detailed information.

To learn whether levels of arsenic in rice and rice products pose a risk to public health that could lead to food poisoning, the FDA has collected more than 1,300 samples of rice and rice products and has tested them for both total arsenic and inorganic arsenic, which is the more toxic form. FDA scientists have determined that the levels of inorganic arsenic found in the samples are too low to cause immediate health damage.

The next steps are to look at exposure levels, to analyze the risk, and determine how to minimize that risk of arsenic in rice related food poisoning for the overall safety of consumers, especially vulnerable groups like children and pregnant women.

We want to help protect your family from the risks of food poisoning. If you or a loved one were a victim of a food poisoning due to a negligent company, you deserve compensation for your physical and emotional pain. Contact the Dallas food poisoning lawyers at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today, and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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FDA Receives 89 Food Poisoning Reports from Chobani Yogurt

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 12, 2013

FDA Receives 89 Reports of Food Poisoning from Chobani YogurtLast week we shared with you the recent recall of Chobani greek yogurt. To keep your family updated about developments in this food poisoning case, we wanted to share that the Food and Drug Administration has so far received 89 reports of food poisoning from Chobani yogurt.

The food poisoning symptoms include nausea and cramps after eating the yogurt. The FDA is working with Chobani to hasten the recall to make sure all the tainted yogurt is off the shelves.

Chobani sent orders to grocery stores throughout America last week to destroy 35 yogurt varieties reported to have been contaminated by a mold associated with dairy, fruits and vegetables.

Most of the affected yogurt on shelves has been destroyed. But if you have some at home, yogurt cups that are tainted have the code 16-012 and expiration dates Sept. 11 to Oct. 7.

Public health officials said the moldy yogurt was not a public health threat, but Chobani stated last week that the mold can act as an opportunistic pathogen for those with compromised immune systems.

The company shared that it has identified the source of the issue in the plant that caused the food poisoning, and have taken action to prevent it from happening again, but haven’t given specific details.

If you or a loved one were a victim of food poisoning due to a negligent company, you deserve compensation and justice for your physical and emotional turmoil. Contact the Texas food poisoning attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today, and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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Motrin Infant Drops Recalled

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 9, 2013

Motrin Infant Drops Recalled We want to keep you aware of potential food poisonings to protect you and your loved ones from serious health issues. For instance, the makers of Motrin are voluntarily recalling about 200,000 bottles of concentrated drops for infants over potential contamination with tiny plastic particles, which could lead to food poisoning.

Johnson & Johnson is also asking retailers to remove the recalled product from the shelves and asking you to stop using the infant drops if you have a bottle that is part of the recall.

Foreign materials of tiny plastic particles about the size of a poppy seed were identified in a different product lot during manufacturing. Officials determined that the particles originated in a shipment from a third party supplier of ibuprofen, the active ingredient in the recalled product.

The possibly tainted recalled products are half-ounce bottles of Berry Flavor “Concentrated Motrin Infant Drops”, which is used for children ages two and younger, with the lot numbers: DCB3T01, DDB4R01 and DDB4S01..

If you or a loved one were ever the victim of food poisoning, you deserve justice and compensation for your physical and emotional trauma. Contact the Texas food poisoning attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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Chobani Recalls Yogurt Cups Due to Food Poisoning

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 5, 2013

Chobani Recalls Yogurt Cups due to Food Poisoning Chobani says it’s recalling some of its Greek yogurt cups that were affected by mold, which was prompted by reports of food poisoning by some customers. A week before Chobani had asked stores to start pulling the yogurt cups off the shelves since some of the yogurt cups were swelling and bloating.

Chobani said that most of the affected products have already been pulled from shelves. They stated that the affected products came from its Idaho facility and represents less than 5 percent of its total production.

The company stated that the problem was caused by a type of mold that is commonly found in dairy environments. But Chobani announced that the issue has been fixed and that the mold became a problem because Chobani doesn’t use preservatives in its products.

If you have Chobani yogurt in your fridge, if the containers are marked with the code 16-012, and have expiration dates Sept. 11 to Oct. 7 than they are part of the food recall, and you might get food poisoning if you consume them. Mold on dairy products could produce metabolites that can be seriously toxic to some individuals

If you or a loved one have experienced food poisoning due to a negligent company, you deserve justice and compensation for your physical and emotional turmoil. Contact the Dallas food poisoning attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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How to Protect Your Child from Food Poisoning

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 3, 2013

How to Protect Your Child from Food PoisoningChildren across Texas and the nation have begun school, and many carry their own bagged lunches to school. You might make a bagged lunch for your child because you think it’s healthier than a school cafeteria lunch, but watch out.

If you aren’t careful your child could get food poisoning from their bagged lunch. Try to follow these food safety tips from the United States Department of Agriculture to help protect your child from food poisoning:

  • Keep the lunch cold: If your children are bringing their lunches to school, it’s best to use insulated, soft-sided lunch boxes or bags and pack at least two ice sources with perishable food. Harmful bacteria multiply rapidly in the “Danger Zone”, which is the temperatures between 40 and 140 °F. To protect your child from food poisoning, always make sure if your child’s lunch has perishable food that it’s transported with an ice source or placed in a refrigerator at school.
  • Be clean when preparing lunches: To avoid food poisoning, it’s important to make sure all counters and cutting boards have been thoroughly cleaned before and after making your child’s lunch. Also wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before preparing your child’s food, and never allow family pets near food preparation areas.
  • Don’t pack too much: Try to only pack the amount of perishable food that your child will eat, so they don’t have to worry about storing the leftovers. After your child finishes eating, remind them to throw away all disposable food wrappings, and not reuse them for other food. If you reuse things like Ziploc bags you could spread contamination, which leads to food poisoning.

Even if you are careful to protect your child from food poisoning, many others aren’t as diligent. If you or a loved one were a victim of Texas food poisoning, you deserve justice and compensation for your emotional and physical trauma. Contact the Texas food poisoning attorneys today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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