If you’ve ever had a bout of food poisoning, you’ll know how nasty it can be. Apart from making you feel very unwell, food poisoning can be so serious to result in death, which makes it very important to know how to cook and manage food properly so that bacteria isn’t allowed to grow.
Where does food poisoning come from?
Brace yourself: after reading this section, you may never want to eat again! When we develop food poisoning after eating animal products, it is often because the material we ate had come into contact with the intestinal material of that animal during processing.
If we develop food poisoning after eating vegetable matter, it can be because the water that was used in growing or harvesting was contaminated with human or animal waste. If we develop food poisoning after eating at a restaurant, it can be because the person who prepared our food had failed to properly wash their hands after going to the bathroom. Food that is either out of date or unpasteurised (i.e. raw) can also harbour its own bacteria, without any help from human or animal waste.
Preventing food poisoning
To avoid food poisoning, food should always be purchased from quality sources which are regulated by the Health and Safety Executive. Never eat anything that is out of date, and stay away from raw eggs and unpasteurised milk. When preparing food, be very careful to wash your hands and worktops thoroughly after touching raw meat, fish, or chicken.
It’s best to have separate chopping boards for each. Always store meat on the bottom of the fridge, as the juices can run, and always cook it thoroughly until no pink is showing. Be especially careful when barbecuing, as a burnt outside doesn’t always mean a fully-cooked inside!
If you have been poisoned as a result of eating in a restaurant or other public place, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. This is because these places have an obligation to protect the public by having scrupulously clean kitchens, well-trained staff, and regulated food suppliers. To find out more information and to discuss your claim with a professional adviser, call Accident Advice Helpline today.
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Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown