When several people who have eaten the same food all have the same symptoms, the problem is likely to be food poisoning from one source. As a food manufacturer you will need food contamination insurance to aid you when a circumstance of this type develops. As you likely know, the symptoms of food poisoning can be any of the following:
- Abdominal cramps
- Diarrhea, and
The bacteria that cause food poisoning are many and these are a few of the most recognized organisms:
Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph)
Staph contamination is the leading cause of food poisoning. These bacteria ordinarily cause skin infections, such as pimples or boils, and are transferred when an infected person handles foods.
This strain of the bacteria (there are many types) is another major cause of food poisoning in the United States. The most commonly contaminated foods are raw meat (including chicken), raw or undercooked eggs, and unpasteurized milk. Fortunately salmonella are killed when the food is cooked thoroughly.
This is a group of bacteria that normally live in the intestines of both children and adults. A few strains of these bacteria can cause food-related illnesses. Undercooked ground beef is a common source of E. coli, although raw produce and contaminated water have caused some outbreaks.
Shigella infections, or shigellosis, are intestinal infections caused by one of many types of shigella bacteria. These bacteria can be transmitted through contaminated food and drinking water, as well as via poor hygiene and can invade the lining of the intestine.
There are many other bacteria capable of resulting in the same symptoms, some even causing death in some instances. As a food manufacturer, it is important to test all food products thoroughly before they go for sale to the general public. Food contamination insurance will aid you in the event that a lawsuit (or several) is filed when people do get extremely sick.