Anyone who owns a food premises can be visited by Food Safety Officers at any time. Sometimes these officers will give notice of a visit, but they may visit at any time to determine whether the premises are being properly used, cleaned and maintained.
A food hygiene inspection aims to determine whether the level of food hygiene in a premises is good enough to meet the required standards. A food hygiene inspection will focus on the way food is handled in the premises, what is being done and how the business is managed in relation to the food. Food sampling may be done to determine whether it is fit for consumption, and photographs may also be taken to support the inspection. Employees may also be asked questions about what they do, so the officers can determine whether any breaches of the food hygiene laws have been made.
In cases where breaches are found, the actions taken will depend on how severe those breaches are. It also depends on whether one breach is found or several. Sometimes informal advice will be given, whereas at the other end of the scale food may be seized and a prosecution can be initiated.
Could compensation be claimed by people who fall ill due to contamination?
Anyone who owns food premises of some kind has a duty of care to their customers to ensure everything they do is of the highest standards. The premises must be kept clean and tidy and be run in accordance with the appropriate Health and Safety laws and regulations. Food should be stored, prepared, cooked and presented in the proper manner. If this does not occur and someone contracts a bug as a result, they may have cause to claim compensation. A regular food hygiene inspection is a good way to help minimise these instances.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you think a stomach bug was someone else’s fault
Eating dodgy food is never a pleasant experience. If you believe you have contracted a bug or got food poisoning as a consequence of eating poorly prepared, cooked or served food from any food outlet, you should get in touch with the team at Accident Advice Helpline now. You can find out more by calling our free 24/7 enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 to see whether you can launch a no win, no fee claim against those who are responsible. A free phone call is all it takes to get started.
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown