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April 14, 2023
Posted by: OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers
The standard for school lunches has changed a lot over the years regarding quality and nutritional value. But ensuring food is free from harmful germs like E. coli has always been a constant.
If your child gets food poisoning from the school lunch, you might wonder if you have the right to take action—and the answer is yes. Here’s more on how food could become contaminated at schools and how you could recover from your damages.
Schools must feed hundreds of children daily at different intervals, depending on the size. Like restaurants or grocery stores, schools must follow food safety best practices to avoid a costly outbreak. These best practices include the following:
School-provided lunches could become contaminated in several ways. First, children could be at risk for food poisoning when any food safety best practices listed above aren’t followed.
Staff members might not use a thermometer to ensure food is cooked to the right temperature. Or they could serve spoiled food that was stored incorrectly. Cross-contamination is another reason food poisoning occurs, and staff could prevent this by sanitizing their workstations.
However, cafeteria workers aren’t the only ones responsible for food safety. Food products pass through many stages before reaching the school. These products might have been contaminated at the production stage or improperly stored during distribution.
A thorough investigation could determine the source of the contamination.
Many parties could be at fault for your child’s food poisoning, including the following:
You can pursue compensation if your child gets sick from their school’s lunch. If your child comes home and is experiencing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or other signs of foodborne illness, follow these steps to begin building your claim:
When schools and their staff fail to uphold their duty to provide your child with a safe lunch, they could be liable for any damages they caused. OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers has the resources to thoroughly investigate your case and establish negligence. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation at 888-828-7087.