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    Cafe claims: Poorly prepared food


    Once you’ve considered the physical environment of a cafe – such as the layout, lighting, flooring etc, and considered the likelihood of slips, trips and falls, then the next obvious source of potential danger comes from the food itself.

    Accidents in public places are a very real concern for visitors to many establishments. Owners have a duty of care and responsibility, to ensure that the public are safe and free from accidents. In catering, this extends to doing everything possible to make sure that the food produced is suitable for consumption.

    The consequences of eating poorly prepared food are rarely limited to not liking the meal. More often than not, it has the potential to cause an unpleasant illness.

    Becoming ill from eating poorly prepared food can be an intensely frustrating experience. What began as an enjoyable morning, afternoon, or evening out, can soon descend into days of feeling seriously unwell.

    There are several elements that can lead to food being poorly prepared. Some of the most common examples include:

    –  Meat such as chicken not being cooked the whole way through.

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    –  Food not being cooked to sufficient temperatures.

    –  Out of date ingredients being used in meals.

    –  Food being prepared on surfaces that have been insufficiently cleaned.

    Because of the high level of risk associated with serving poorly prepared food, establishments serving food have a legal obligation to follow numerous health and safety laws. These include the use of probe thermometers to calculate the temperature of food right the way through, and the use of different knives for different products.

    Suffering illnesses from public places takes on an altogether more serious note when allergies and subsequent reactions are taken into consideration.

    Even the smallest amount of a certain substance can kick off a serious allergic reaction, and it is partly because of this that areas for preparing food have to be cleaned so thoroughly and regularly.

    Victims of illnesses caused by eating poorly prepared food in a cafe may well be due some accident or illness compensation.

    Fortunately, Accident Advice Helpline is on hand to guide you through your claim, from the initial consultation on the freephone advice line – 0800 689 0500 – to the final payout.

    The online quick claims calculator can give a quick estimation on the validity of your illness claim, whilst their team of experts have over 13 years’ experience in dealing with personal injury and illness claims, usually concluding matters out of court.

    Date Published: December 12, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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