Whenever we go out to eat at a restaurant, or open a pre-packaged food product, the last thing we expect to find is a foreign object. However, thousands of people come across this type of food contamination each year, and many of them are injured because of it. Biting into pieces of metal, glass, jewelry, bones, or other items may sound grotesque, but it’s a harsh reality for some. While this type of thing doesn’t happen all that often, when it does, it can cause quite an uproar.
The truth is, there are dozens of individuals involved in the chain of supply for each food product. Farmers, ranchers, growers, pickers, sorters, sellers, cooks, and assembly line workers all may come in contact with the food, and thus, may increase the risk of contamination. Knowing that you may discover a foreign object in your food at some point, if you haven’t already, here are some things to keep in mind.
These are examples of what not to do:
Too often, people are in a rush to discard of the contaminated food, often without properly documenting the evidence. Try not to make a rash decision and throw the food away or send it back to the kitchen. At least take lots of photos first, and potentially talk with witnesses.
Despite what you may think, or have seen on TV, causing a huge ruckus over a foreign object in your food may not work in your favor. While it’s perfectly acceptable to call over your waitstaff and speak with a manager, it may not be appropriate to yell, cry, throw your food, or otherwise behave in a dramatic fashion. Try to act maturely, advocating for yourself firmly but kindly.
Some people, in fear of offending someone or drawing attention to themselves, downplay or ignore a foreign object in their food, even if they’ve been hurt by it. If you were injured from this kind of food contamination, you deserve justice. Don’t ignore it or brush it off, even if the restaurant manager or food manufacturer wants you to. Get in touch with a qualified personal injury attorney in Atlanta instead.
You may never expect to find something like glass or needles in your food, but if you do, follow these three pieces of advice. And if you want to talk with an attorney that can help, reach out to us at the law office of Jonathan R. Brockman for your free consultation.