Food Poisoning After a Catered Meal: Who is Really at Fault?

With a quality caterer for event catering Glendale CA relies on, you will never have to worry about you or your guests contracting food poisoning or issues with your event. However, if you have unfortunately experienced the effects of food poisoning after eating a badly catered meal, you may be wondering if you can be awarded compensation from the catering company. The answer to this question is yes, but only if you can provide proof that what you ate from the particular caterer is what caused the food poisoning. In these types of cases, it is almost always the fault of the catering company as they produce large quantities of food and that maintain certain temperatures throughout their prepping, cooking, and delivery process. This ensures that no harmful bacteria forms on the food (which can lead to food poisoning). The CDC (center for disease control) estimates 47 million people get food poisoning annually. Food poisoning cases that resulted from catering have been on the rise in the last few years so in the event that you contract food poisoning from a catered event, you must go through a few steps before you can pursue compensation.

The first thing you must do is get confirmation that you did in fact contract food poisoning from the catering company’s meal. The most common forms of food poisoning begin showing symptoms within 2-6 hours of ingestion, so if any symptoms appear within 2 hours or after 6 hours of eating, they are most likely not a result of the meal.  Food poisoning is known to mimic flu like symptoms like nausea, vomiting, migraines, and headaches. Usually, the milder the case, the later the symptoms show up – so if you have a very severe case and have ingested a large amount of bacteria, you could have symptoms very soon (within the two hour mark) after eating. In some severe cases, individuals even recall feeling uncomfortable as they are eating the food,, which is the telltale feeling of food poisoning. Your stomach will begin to turn and will get very upset a few hours after. A common sign of immediate food poisoning is nausea and an upset stomach. The only way to know for sure would be to visit the doctor and have tests run. If your food poisoning is confirmed by a doctor, then you will need to contact an epidemiologist and arrange for a stool culture sample or even a blood test to help rule out other causes and help make a concrete diagnosis that will hold up in court.

 

Thanks to our friends and contributors from Metropol for their insight into catered events.