Defective Food Items Comments Off on Salmonella Outbreak At West Hollywood Restaurant To The Stars
Fig & Olive, an upscale restaurant frequented by stars and celebrities has been linked to salmonella outbreaks at two of its locations in West Hollywood and Washington, D.C.
According to a CBS Los Angeles website, as many as 160 people may have been sickened after eating at the restaurant.
At least a dozen people, including restaurant employees, in West Hollywood suffered food poisoning.
Nine of these cases have been confirmed by the Los Angeles County Health Department.
Fig & Olive in CityCenterDC closed for six days after reports of guests who became sick. The restaurant reopened last week after the Department of Health gave it the clearance.
Two items were removed from the menu at the restaurant – truffle fries and mushroom croquettes. But, it is unclear if these were the items that were related to the salmonella outbreak.
The Danger of Salmonella
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that has the potential to cause serious or even fatal infections in young children, elderly people or those with weakened immune systems. The most common symptoms of salmonella include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
These symptoms typically surface within one to three days of exposure and may last about a week. The risk of infection is particularly high for young children, the elderly and those with compromised or weakened immune systems.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010, public health departments nationwide documented 1,527 food poisoning outbreaks resulting in 23 deaths, 1,184 hospitalizations and 29,444 illnesses.
Salmonella accounted for 30 percent of these outbreaks and 49 percent of food-borne illness related hospitalizations.
Eating out has become a way of life for most of us. The frightening fact is food poisoning can occur anywhere, even in your own kitchen, which you may consider a safe zone. However, when you eat out, you have no control over the environment in which your food is stored, prepared and served.
Restaurants have a responsibility to maintain a clean kitchen and pantry and train all their staff members with regard to hygiene and safe food preparation.
If you have suffered food poisoning, you may be entitled to damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization costs, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Please contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will fight for your rights and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable.