Every year in the UK around 500,000 people are affected by food poisoning. If you’ve contracted food poisoning after a meal in a restaurant or any other public place or you’ve had a slip, trip or fall, you may be thinking about claiming compensation.
Who is responsible for monitoring foodborne diseases in the UK and how is this done?
The Food Standards Agency is a government body which is responsible for enforcing and regulating food hygiene and safety in the UK. The FSA sets out guidelines and measures, which public eateries, manufacturers and growers and food preparation factories must comply with in order to protect the public and ensure they receive high quality food products. The aim of these measures is to reduce the risk of illness and infectious foodborne diseases.
The FSA carries out research into foodborne diseases and researchers monitor trends to determine threats and address areas of concern. Researchers gather evidence in the form of samples from people affected by foodborne diseases to identify trends and this information is used to find effective treatments and ways to reduce the risk of a spread of illness.
What symptoms are caused by foodborne diseases?
Symptoms may vary according to the nature of the illness, but most people who contract food poisoning suffer from symptoms including diarrhoea, vomiting, fever, dehydration, shivers, sweating and nausea.
Often, food poisoning is mild and subsides without the need for medical treatment; however, in severe cases, it can have serious and long-lasting effects and it can even be fatal.
What can I do if I’ve developed food poisoning after a meal out?
If you’ve eaten in a public place and you’ve developed symptoms of food poisoning, you may be entitled to claim public liability compensation if you can prove that your illness was a result of negligence or poor hygiene measures. Accident Advice Helpline has expertise in handling travel accident compensation claims for incidents abroad, as well as public place accident compensation and public liability claims.
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Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice