You Are What You Eat

by Terry Bryant



You most often hear the phrase “you are what you eat” when someone is judging your nutritional decisions.  However, it carries over into the legal world, as well.

Food safety is an important topic.  Although the food industry is heavily regulated, consumers are not always protected.  There are periodic outbreaks of E. Coli, Salmonella, and Shigella, among other contaminants.  Each year 3,000 people die from foodborne illness.  Another 128,000 are hospitalized, and a total of 48 million fall ill.  This doesn’t even account for the cases that go unreported.

If you fall ill from, for example, contaminated spinach you bought at your local grocery store, you could potentially have a cause of action against the farmer that grew the spinach, the company that processed and packaged the spinach, and the supplier.  It is necessary to at least investigate anyone in between—from the farm to the finished product that landed on your kitchen table.

If you or someone you know has experienced an illness or even death linked to a food contamination, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.