This article was originally published in South Carolina Lawyer, March 2013, at 16 – 19. Click here for a link to the online version of the magazine, which is produced by the South Carolina Bar.
Have you ever received the unpleasant surprise of a foreign substance in your food? Or woken up the morning after a meal feeling sick and thought, “It must be something I ate?” Many food liability cases undoubtedly begin with this very thought. A common theme among food liability cases is the importance of having sufficient proof that the adulterated food proximately caused the alleged illness or damages. In fact, the outcome in a food liability case often depends on having sufficient proof of causation.
filthy, putrid or decomposed substance.