Although many industries have put measures in place to prevent food-borne diseases and contamination, food related incidents are still happening. In many of these cases, a number of people get sick before the source of the contamination is identified. When one has been injured in this manner, he or she may choose to pursue legal action and call in a food safety expert witness or consultant to help prove his or her case.
Often, cases involving food-borne illnesses are the result of negligence on the part of one or more parties. Scientific research explains how long the food must be cooked and to what internal temperature before it may be deemed edible, yet many parties fail to follow the guidelines, leading to illness. In cases such as this, food safety experts explain why the food must be served at that temperature and what organisms may be present in the food if it is not.
A food safety expert may also be called to testify when food is properly cooked, yet stored incorrectly. Walk into any fast food restaurant, and one will likely see french fries cooked, packaged and ready to be served, sitting under lights. What happens when the lights aren’t working properly, and the fries aren’t kept at the correct temperature? The expert can explain what happens when this is the case, and he or she may be asked to explain how germs live on food prep surfaces which aren’t properly cleaned. These are just a few examples of how the expert can help to build a case.
As many of these food prep guidelines are based on worst-case scenarios rather than cold hard facts, the choice of expert is critical in proving one’s case as he or she must appear more reliable and reputable in the eyes of those deciding the case than experts called in by other parties involved in the legal suit. If you find you are in need of a food safety expert, you may be interested in the services offered by ForensisGroup. Submit An Expert Request Form.