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5 Kitchen Mistakes that Might Have Caused Your Food Poisoning

 Posted on March 28, 2022 in Personal Injury

Kent County Foodborne Illness LawyerEveryone who cooks at home knows that there are certain steps you need to take to avoid giving your family food poisoning. Throw out any bread or baked goods that have mold on them. Do not use the same cutting board for raw meat and vegetables. Restaurants are responsible for the products they serve. The problem with restaurants is that you cannot see what is going in in the kitchen most of the time. You have no way of knowing whether they are handling your food safely. Even if the dining room is very nice, there is no telling what could be going on behind the scenes. If you became seriously ill after eating at a restaurant, you might be able to recover compensation. Contacting a lawyer is the first step. 

What Negligent Kitchen Habits Could Cause Food Poisoning?

In some cases, food is already contaminated when it reaches the restaurant. In others, food reaches the restaurant in a safe condition, and then something the restaurant does renders the food dangerous. Careless behaviors like these could get you sick: 

  • Wrong temperature - Foods that need to be refrigerated must be kept either under 40 degrees Fahrenheit or over 140. The temperature range in between is known as the “danger zone.” Bacteria can multiply very rapidly at those temperatures, causing illness. 

  • Cross-contamination - This commonly happens when a cook carries raw meat on a plate, cooks it, and then puts it back on the same play, causing the cooked meat to become contaminated with the juices from the raw meat. It can also happen if raw meat is stored where it could drip on or touch foods that are already ready to serve. 

  • Expired food - Restaurants should be fastidious about throwing out any food that has passed its expiration date, even if it still looks and smells okay. The smell test might work when you are doing laundry at home, but it is entirely ineffective and reckless when it comes to food being served in a restaurant. 

  • Undercooking - Chicken and other poultry in addition to all pork products must be cooked to a safe temperature at which most or all of the bacteria in it has been killed off. Undercooking poultry or pork can lead to serious illness. It may not be readily apparent to the customer that their meal is undercooked. 

  • Not washing hands - Kitchen staff should be washing their hands and changing their gloves after touching potential contaminants and before touching any other food. They should also wash their hands after a break or after using the restroom. 

An attorney will be able to help determine what type of mistake led to you getting sick. 

Call a Michigan Food Poisoning Attorney

If you became sick after dining out, John D. Tallman, PLC, Attorney at Law may be able to help you recover compensation. Our skilled Grand Rapids food poisoning lawyers will strive to identify and prove the cause of your illness. Call 616-361-8850 as soon as you can for a free consultation. 




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