Few short bouts of ill-health can be as debilitating and soul-destroying as food poisoning. In fact, probably the only thing worse than standard food poisoning is suffering it on holiday.
Hours spent sweating profusely, littered with desperate dashes to the bathroom can instantly turn an idyllic holiday into the stuff of nightmares with the added complication of claiming for travel accident compensation.
As illnesses on holiday go, food poisoning has to be one of the worst simply because it brings an abrupt halt to any plans you may have had as leaving the hotel room is no longer a possibility.
Food poisoning is caused by a number of things. Here are three of the most common culprits.
Cross contamination from raw food to cooked food
Bacteria that causes food poisoning may very well be present in raw food, particularly meats and especially poultry. If this bacteria is able to contaminate other food that will be consumed without being cooked then food poisoning and a nasty holiday illness is likely to follow.
Cross contamination can be both direct and indirect. An example of direct cross contamination is poor storage where juices from the raw meat are allowed to drip onto cooked food or things like cheeses.
Indirect is when the bacteria are transferred via surfaces, chopping boards or hands.
If food is undercooked, then the harmful bacteria within it will not be destroyed and will instead be allowed to ruin your holiday with a travel illness. This is why you should never eat chicken if it is still pink in the middle.
Poor personal hygiene
People suffering from infections, such as vomiting and diarrhoea can contaminate the food whilst anyone who has been in contact with a food poisoning victim can also pass on the bacteria despite showing no symptoms themselves. This is part of the reason why restaurants have such stringent health and safety laws, including that a victim must be symptom-free for 48 hours before they are able to return to work.
If you suffer an accident or illness on holiday, then our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline can guide you all the way to the illness compensation you deserve. A law firm with over 15 years’ experience in accident claims, including accidents at work, public falls and road traffic accidents, our friendly advisers know exactly what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve.