BBQ food poisoning spike could spoil summer for many in the UK

A spike in food poisoning cases related to poultry has led experts to warn people about the importance of cooking chicken properly. With the sun shining across the UK, BBQ food poisoning cases are on the rise. In fact, figures show this year’s figures for food poisoning are up by 27% compared to figures from the last three years.

Campylobacter infections, caused by storing or cooking poultry incorrectly can cause nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. Most people recover quickly but symptoms can last for up to 11 days and medical treatment may be needed. Complications could even lead to fatalities amongst children and the elderly or infirm.

NHS Scotland confirmed 1,073 infections over the last five weeks, blaming cross-contamination or improper cooking of poultry for four out of five cases. Whilst campylobacter cases usually increase over the summer months, due to the popularity of BBQs and the opportunity for people to pick up food poisoning whilst on holiday abroad, the surge of recent cases is alarming. Warmer weather could be to blame, although this year’s figures are still lower than the summer of 2010.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) launched a campaign last month to raise awareness of campylobacter, which costs the UK economy £900m and causes more than 100 deaths a year.

Have you suffered from BBQ food poisoning?

If you experience food poisoning after cooking chicken on your own BBQ, there’s not a lot you can do, other than learn from your mistakes! However, if you are struck down with food poisoning whilst on holiday abroad, or whilst eating at a BBQ restaurant, you may be able to claim compensation. The chances are, other people may have also been affected by contaminated or improperly cooked meat, so reporting your symptoms to the restaurant or establishment in question is important. If symptoms persist for more than 48 hours, you should see a doctor as you may need medical treatment.

Claiming compensation for food poisoning

Whether you have suffered from food poisoning after eating at a local BBQ restaurant or enjoying a takeaway, Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim the compensation you deserve. With over 14 years’ experience in the personal injury industry, we have handled hundreds of successful claims for compensation, and we could help you too. It’s free to call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 and we offer confidential, no-obligation advice, or why not take the 30-second test on our website to find out how much you could claim?

Source: Herald Scotland

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