Restaurants and Holiday Dining 

During the holiday season, retail stores are not the only places that shoppers are visiting.  As many shoppers visit their local shopping centers, they will also be visiting their favorite restaurants.  Whether they will be having a dinner out with the family, enjoying lunch with some friends or just grabbing a quick snack, food courts and restaurant chain sales will increase during the holidays.

Couple having lunch at rustic gourmet restaurant

While you are enjoying your dining experience away from home, it is important to be aware of some food safety factors.  Most restaurants will post words on their menus to remind patrons that “consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood or shellfish could cause food borne illness.”  Despite the efforts of the restaurant to remind you of these chances, many guests will continue to order their meals rare or medium rare.  By ordering your meats undercooked your chances of getting a food borne illness, or food poisoning may increase.  Although, there are times when food contamination is not just limited to one or two dishes served.

Food Poisoning  

When a food poisoning outbreak occurs, the news usually spreads nationwide due to the fact that many restaurants and fast food eateries are chain businesses.   Just recently, Chipotle Mexican Grille has had coverage in the media because of food poisoning outbreaks.  According to the Food Poison Journal, in November 2015, Chipotle’s E. coli outbreak spread to 45 people in 6 states and in December 2015, the Chipotle food poisoning outbreaks continue as a child is hospitalized with a Norovirus infection in Brighton, MA after eating a burrito from their local Chipotle restaurant.

Know your Right & Responsibilities 

If you became ill from eating food from a restaurant, you may have a claim against the restaurant, its food supplier or employees.  Although the case may seem very clear to you, there are many details involved with food poisoning cases.  It is important to seek advice from an experienced personal injury attorney.  Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz has over 50 years of experience with food poisoning cases.  Call us today for a free consultation.representing clients in a broad spectrum of cases