A survey undertaken by Which? has found that almost 60% of fresh chickens bought in shops tested positive for campylobacter contamination. Campylobacter in chicken is a very common source of food poisoning in the UK today. It affects around 280,000 every year, and around 100 people actually die from contracting it. The FSA – Food Standards Authority – believes that around 80% of those who contract this type of food poisoning each year do so through eating or handling contaminated poultry.
Which? wants to take its research a step further and name those retailers whose chickens featured high levels of the contamination. The survey will last for a 12-month period and the information given above relates to the results gleaned from the first three months. The people at Which? wanted to release the information from those three months, but now it will wait until the full survey is completed before releasing any information from it. Those in the food industry pressured the team at Which? to do this, along with some government departments. Needless to say many people will be watching to see whether the full set of results reveals contamination rates that are just as high as those found during the first three months.
How could a case of campylobacter affect you?
Campylobacter causes food poisoning which as you probably know, causes nasty symptoms in humans. Severe sickness and diarrhoea are common, and while you will recover some people do suffer ongoing symptoms as a consequence of getting the bug. It is only right that if suffering this type of food poisoning is caused by someone else’s fault, there is a chance to claim compensation as a result. Campylobacter in chicken is clearly common today, and this is not a good situation to be in.
Call Accident Advice Helpline if you need no-obligation advice about food poisoning
If you have contracted campylobacter and you think this was due to negligence on someone else’s part, it is imperative that you get in touch using Accident Advice Helpline’s enquiry line within three years of the illness. Our free 24/7 enquiry line is always open on 0800 689 0500 so you can call whenever it suits you. Evidence of negligence must be present to support any case, but our professional injury compensation lawyers can determine whether you have what’s needed. Why not get in touch today and see what happens next?
Source: The Guardian
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown