Developed in 1864 by Louis Pasteur, pasteurisation is a process involving the heating of foods or liquids in order to kill micro-organisms contained therein. Such organisms may, for example, include Salmonella and Listeria; E. coli O157:H7, Brucella and Yersinia; Campylobacter and Mycobacterium bovis. There are several different pasteurisation methods, including:
- Short time treatment at high temperature
- Long time treatment at low temperature
- Flash Pasteurisation
- Steam Pasteurisation
- Ultra and Ultra high temperature pasteurisation
As these names suggest, these progresses vary essentially in the temperatures applied and the amount of time the relevant temperatures are applied for. Ultimately, all processes are designed to increase consumer safety and improve both shelf life and quality of a liquid/ food.
Use of pasteurised food items and liquids does, however, not mean that health and safety guidelines concerning the storage, handling and preparation of food, hygiene within kitchens etc can be neglected. Even pasteurised food and liquids can be cross-contaminated if handled or stored incorrectly or if basic hygiene requirements are not met and may result in consumers being infected with food poisoning.
If you suffered food poisoning after consuming contaminated food or beverages in a restaurant, cafe or hotel, for instance, you may be entitled to compensation if the outbreak was caused by inadequate hygiene, handling or storage of the food in question.
In a similar manner, you could possibly be able to claim for personal injury compensation if you suffered an injury by tripping or slipping on the premises of such an establishment and it is proven that the owner or manager’s duty to prevent accidental injuries was neglected.
How to claim
In order to successfully claim compensation, it is recommended to begin with a call to Accident Advice Helpline and to discuss the situation with one of the company’s helpful advisors. Calls to the 24/7 line are confidential, free and no obligation to claim is placed onto callers.
What to expect
The advisor will first of all confirm if you are entitled to claim and that a claim is likely to be successful by asking a series of relevant questions. Following this, you will be given the opportunity to enlist the no win no fee* help of an in-house solicitor. While you are under no obligation to do so, the experience and success rate of this company’s legal team makes hiring one of their compensation lawyers a wise choice.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice