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Foodborne illness, also known as food poisoning, is usually a one-time event that is frustrating but relatively minor. However, sometimes food companies are negligent in their inspection and preparing of products, and they release food to the public that contains deadly pathogens or hazardous materials. If you or one of your loved ones has been injured by a defective food product, you should contact a Brooklyn defective product attorney as soon as possible.

How can food become contaminated?

There are many ways in which a food item can become contaminated. They can be exposed to a bacteria, virus, or parasites when they are grown, packaged, and stored. Even food that seems harmless can be contaminated with serious bacteria like Listeria or E. Coli, as evidenced by a massive 2008 recall of peanut butter contaminated with Salmonella. While many bacterial infections are a passing event, some of them can be deadly.

Another potentially hazardous risk to food consumers is chemicals or other dangerous toxins within a food product. All kinds of food can be exposed to toxic chemicals for pest repellant, sanitization, and other processes throughout the manufacture of food.

Food can also be exposed to pollutants in the land it is grown on or in the factory it is processed in. The food we eat is supposed to be tested by its manufacturers to ensure that there are no toxic substances in the food. However, toxins like arsenic, mercury, melamine, and other toxic chemicals have made their way into food. If you have become ill because of a toxic chemical in your food, you should speak with a Brooklyn product liability lawyer about your legal rights.

Objects Found in Food

Sometimes harmful objects can be processed into food. Pieces of metal and plastic from broken machinery can be processed into a food item and can seriously injure the consumer. Similarly organic material such as animal parts or byproducts can make their way into food items during the manufacturing process. Food manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their product does not contain any hazardous objects that would be harmful if ingested. If you have been injured by a food product, the manufacturer is strictly liable to compensate you for your pain and suffering. You should contact a Manhattan product liability attorney if you wish to file a claim.

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