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Chef flipping food in a frying pan. Not every negative reaction is necessarily “food poisoning.” A stomach virus could present after eating a meal and an immediate negative reaction could suggest a pre-existing illness. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The COVID-19 shut down of the economy and sequestration of millions of Americans is constantly changing, but more restaurants are gradually reopening. Some think the pent-up demand for entertainment, including restaurants, will result in a boom of so-called “food poisoning” claims. We thought it would be timely to discuss the possibilities of what actually transpires when consumers have a negative “reaction” to food.

First, let’s admit that not every negative reaction to food is necessarily “poisoning.” Further, the term poisoning is used rather loosely to malign food in which no “poisoning” has actually occurred. Thus, this article is for adjusters investigating the allegation of food “poisoning” experienced by about 48 million consumers each year.

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