North Carolina Food Injury Lawsuits: Gluten Allergies in NC
Many people associate food injury lawsuits with foreign objects that cause them to choke or contamination that results in illness; however North Carolina has hundreds of claims made due to food allergy injuries each year.
Gluten Sensitivity Injuries
The gluten food allergy affects 1 in 133 people in the US, according to the News & Observer. Gluten is found in anything that contacts wheat and flour, like breads, cookies, pasta and even gravies and sauces that are flour-based. Some people have such severe gluten allergies that their food cannot be prepared on the same equipment that wheat-containing food is also used.
If someone with an allergy ingests gluten, not only can they experience the common painful complications like diarrhea, rashes and cramps, but some people can have fatal reactions. In 2011, a Durham baker grabbed media attention after an investigation discovered he was selling falsely advertised gluten-free bread that caused sickness in dozens of innocent people in the greater Raleigh area. The baker was sentenced to 9 years in prison. One of the consumers’ affected by the baker’s products delivered her baby prematurely. The federal government does not have regulations concerning gluten content in food, so consumers are at the mercy of food providers. However, the law will protect injured people if a food provider claims to offer gluten-free products that are truly not, as highlighted by the case of the Durham baker sentenced to prison.
Fraudulent NC Bakers
Restaurants, food manufacturers, bakeries, and food service providers like the popular food trucks around the Triangle who claim to offer gluten-free foods could face a food injury lawsuit if their ingredients or food procedures are negligent. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries or illness because of falsely advertised or packaged gluten-free products in NC, contact a food injury attorney at Brent Adams & Associates. Our NC food injury lawyers in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Dunn handle injury cases across the entire state from Boone to Beaufort. Call 877-BRENT-ADAMS to schedule a free consultation of your NC gluten food injury claim.
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