Food Safety Training
Food safety training is essential today to help provide consumers with the safest food products possible and reduce food poisoning outbreaks and prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses. The CDC estimates that 76 million cases of food poisoning occur each year, with 325,000 resulting in hospitalizations and 5,000 resulting in death. In recent years, Salmonella outbreaks and E. coli outbreaks have spread throughout the nation, sickening millions of people. According to the CDC, 40,000 Salmonella food poisoning cases are reported each year, but the actual number may be more than 30 times greater, as many milder cases are generally not reported. Many of these outbreaks can be attributed to poor food safety training.
New Rules for Food Safety Training
In March 2009, President Barack Obama established a panel to develop new food safety guidelines and address appropriate food safety training techniques. On July 7, 2009, the Food Safety Working Group announced their new guidelines designed to increase food safety through stricter rules for the production of poultry, beef, eggs, leafy greens, melons and tomatoes. Among other guidelines, the new rules will contain new standards for egg and poultry producers geared toward reducing salmonella contamination, increased sampling of ground beef ingredients, and FDA recommendations for fruit and vegetable growers to combat disease strains through proper food safety training.
Failure to Address Food Safety Training – Food Poisoning Lawsuits
Many cases of food poisoning can be traced back to improper food safety training, including poor food processing, handling, preparation and storage of goods. This mishandling of food products by distributors and sellers can lead to contamination by harmful bacteria that can cause illness. Without proper food safety training, the risk of food poisoning outbreaks remains dangerous. Though most cases are mild, in some circumstances food poisoning symptoms can worsen and cause serious illnesses and complications, even resulting in death. If you or a loved one has suffered from food poisoning, you may have a food poisoning lawsuit. Contact our food poisoning lawyers today for a free claim evaluation.