Vending Machine Food Poisoning and Your Rights
When getting food from a vending machine a good rule of thumb is to stick to buying items that are non-perishable. Food poisoning from vending machines in San Diego is a REAL PROBLEM and it has the potential to make people very sick.
A simple Snickers Candy Bar or a small bag of chips have, in some cases, been replaced by meats, dairy, even seafood! One vending machine that has come under fire for tainted food is called the Smart Butcher. The machine is packed with meats, steaks sausages and ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook meats. All items in these machines are priced very low – lower, in fact, than what you’d find at a supermarket.
So what’s the problem?
The problem is refrigeration. These vending machines must be maintained at proper refrigeration levels in order for meats to remain fresh. Additionally, if one batch of meats from any machine is contaminated and leads to a food poisoning outbreak, it will be hard to figure out exactly which meats in the machine contributed to the poisoning. It doesn’t take long for meat that has been stored at below-appropriate refrigeration levels to begin to collect dangerous infection-causing bacteria.
Aside from meat, here are some other foods you should also steer clear from:
- Tuna Sandwiches
- Ice Cream
- Cottage Cheese
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I work for usps. I was diagnosed with food poisoning after eating a burrito from vending machice in cafe. I wrote letter to owners of the machine, haven’t received any response. Since then the machine has been removed. Was informed by maint. worker that the power went out the week of my occurrence. May 14th 2014
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