PRODUCT LIABILITY AND MICROBIAL FOODBORNE ILLNESS

This report examines how product liability law treats personal injuries attributed to microbially contaminated foods. The risk of lawsuits stemming from microbial foodborne illness and the resulting court-awarded compensation may create economic incentives for firms to produce safer food. It is not known how many consumers seek compensation for damages from contaminated foods because information about complaints and legal claims involving foodborne illness is not readily accessible, especially for cases that are settled out of court. Reviewing the outcomes of 175 jury trials involving foodborne pathogens, the analysis identifies several factors that influence trial outcomes, while noting that the awards won by plaintiffs tend to be modest.


Issue Date:
2001
Publication Type:
Report
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/34059
Total Pages:
41
Series Statement:
Agricultural Economic Report Number 799




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