Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement in anticipation of some new legislation that will broaden their powers to police and regulate the food industry. In their statement, they noted that each year nearly one out of every six Americans is sickened by some form of food poisoning every year.
When you think about that, it is an astonishing number - and, as correctly noted by the CDC, is patently unacceptable.
In the Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases, the CDC identified the five most common culprits in food-borne disease as Norovirus, also known as Norwalk virus,salmonella; and 3 other bacteria, which were as follows:
- Clostridium perfringens;
- Campylobacter; and,
- Staphylococcus aureus.
Bear in mind, however, that despite these staggering statistics, that does not mean, by any stretch of the imagination, that proving a food poisoning case under New York law is easy. It's not.
(For more information on this topic, please read "3 Avoidable Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Food Poisoning Lawsuit in NY").