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Illinois food poisoning lawyersAs deer hunting season begins in the state of Illinois, a recent study reveals concerning information about the consumption of venison after hunting these animals. For some, hunting is about the game, without the expectation of eating the animal afterwards. For others, the meal that comes from the recreational activity is the primary driver behind participating in deer hunting. With over 75,400 deer harvested in the 2019-2020 season, many Illinoisans are participating in the activity, potentially risking contracting a form of food poisoning in the process.

Lead Poisoning Found in Deer Meat

A recently published study, authored by two Illinois Wesleyan University faculty members and a Bloomington veterinarian, revealed significant traces of lead contamination in shotgun-harvested deer. The researchers measured lead concentrations in ground venison packets from deer that were harvested in Illinois in 2013 and 2014. It was found that nearly 50 percent of the packets tested positive for lead contamination, with some even containing lead fragments. The researchers attribute the contamination to lead shotgun ammunition, a common form of ammunition that is used while hunting deer. 

According to the study, there is no recognized safe level of lead intake, meaning any consumption of the substance can be toxic. In order to avoid consuming toxic substances, hunters should seek out non-lead ammunition before hunting. However, even if you take the viable measures to avoid using lead ammunition, meat processing plants could lead you astray. The authors from the study noted that 60 percent of the meat processing plants in Illinois admitted to mixing meat from different animals into their ground venison products, making it impossible to be sure that what you are consuming was not harvested with lead ammunition.

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Nut Butters Contaminated with Listeria Could Cause Food Poisoning

For some people, nut butters can be a matter of life and death simply due to food allergies. These allergies can cause extreme reaction such as shortness of breath, swelling, and in severe cases, even death. In recent months, there has been an entirely different reason why some people are avoiding these creamy spreads. Several nut butters on the market have been recalled due to the possibility of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Because these products have a long shelf life, there is a good possibility that you may have one of these products sitting on your pantry shelf right now. Listeria contamination in products that are ready to eat can cause serious illness and food poisoning because the consumer does not heat them to kill the pathogens before consuming.

What is Listeria Monocytogenes?

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A Night Out Turned Deadly

One of the most popular restaurants in Nashville, Tennessee is facing several million-dollar lawsuits after a salmonella outbreak struck roughly 20 of its patrons. It was early August, and many of the customers consumed eggs or egg-based dishes at a popular hotspot called Milk & Honey. The damages being alleged in the lawsuit are close to $6 million, and the authorities believe they have tracked infected eggs to one particular farm in Alabama.

Once food inspectors got involved, it was discovered that even though the farm produced infected eggs, the restaurant was also at fault. It was discovered that the restaurant was not cooking their dishes correctly, specifically a gnocchi dish. At the end of the day, the restaurant was blamed for poor training. They apparently were cooking the dishes 10 degrees lower than the industry standard for safe food preparation.

The disturbing events described above highlight how much the public relies and trusts the restaurant industry to safely prepare food for us. Upon further reflection, think about how many times during the week we rely on chefs at restaurants to safely prepare food. On a weekly, if not daily basis, we put our lives in the hands of complete strangers. With this trust comes a great responsibility on the part of farms and restaurants. $6 million dollars may sound like a ludicrous sum for a week of discomfort, but the compensation should be great when compared to the level of trust and responsibility inherent in the customer-restaurant relationship.

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Source of Romaine Lettuce Food Poisoning Outbreak Still Unknown

Regulators from the Food and Drug Administration say they have been unable to identify the source of contamination in a food poisoning outbreak that resulted in people being told to avoid romaine lettuce last fall. They studied a water reservoir at a Santa Barbara County farm in California that was contaminated with E. coli. However, the contaminated reservoir does not explain how other farms growing lettuce were also contaminated.

In addition, the short shelf-life of the leafy green makes it even more difficult to perform investigations in these types of outbreaks. Although food safety in leafy greens has been a long-standing issue, the industry continues to search for ways to minimize the risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that when eating raw produce there is always a risk of being contaminated with a foodborne illness.

Pursuing Compensation for Food Poisoning

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How to File Food Poisoning Lawsuits in Illinois

Food poisoning has become a common danger that can affect any person at anytime. While many people attribute a bout of food poisoning to mere bad luck, in most cases, the food poisoning is a result of someone else's negligence. For this reason, a food poisoning victim can file a personal injury lawsuit to receive much-needed compensation. Food poisoning not only affects your health, but it also drains you financially and professionally. You will be responsible for hospital bills, you will lose wages for time off work, and in rare cases, a victim may even succumb to death. When any of these damages are incurred, an experienced Illinois food poisoning attorney can help.

Getting the Proper Evidence is Essential

The chances of winning a food poisoning lawsuit are high if the number of people affected is large. Regardless of the number of victims, filing a lawsuit requires evidence of the at-fault party's negligence. A food poisoning lawyer can help you further investigate whether others were affected at the same restaurant you patronized, for example, to help build your case.

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