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Salmonella is just one of the many illnesses that can be contracted from eating contaminated food. Food products can be contaminated in a number of ways. In some cases, salmonella poisoning may occur because a worker infected with salmonella does not wash his or her hands with hot water and soap. In other instances, a defective product with salmonella may be contaminated during food processing methods. Whatever the case may be, the health implications for West Virginia residents can be serious.

In a recent lawsuit in another state, a woman asserts that she became very sick after eating food from a local deli. Apparently, there was a salmonella outbreak at this store. Reportedly, 15 other individuals also got sick around the same time that she did.

As soon as the health department found out about the outbreak, the deli was reportedly shut down. However, this was not until June 14, and the woman alleges that she and the other individuals became ill in May. In her lawsuit against the store and deli, she alleges that the store did not maintain sanitary conditions for food to be made and sold to the general public.

West Virginia delis, restaurants and other food retailers that make and sell food have a duty to provide consumers with products that are safe for consumption. Illnesses or injuries traced to salmonella contamination could form the basis for a claim for monetary damages from the food manufacturer, distributor or the store where the defective product was sold. If liability is properly documented in court, any damages awarded could help address financial losses incurred as a result of the infection and also help to pay for lost wages, pain and suffering and other monetary relief recognized by product liability laws.

Source: cookcountyrecord.com, “Woman accuses Tinley Park Jewel of selling her food with salmonella“, Bethany Krajelis, Dec. 30, 2014