Two caterers from the Golden Heart Inn at Nettleton Bottom have admitted serving up dangerous food at a buffet after 70 people fell ill with food poisoning. Catherine Stevens and David Morgan admitted the error after serving up Indian-style food and drink at a Bollywood themed event in aid of the Great Western Air Ambulance Service. Around 165 people attended the event and 70 of which suffered symptoms of food poisoning the day after attending. Those who fell ill contacted Cotswold District Council to report their symptoms and food safety inspectors then paid a visit to the Golden Heart Inn to investigate. Samples of the environment and food present were taken and further investigations were conducted alongside Public Health England. It was found that the symptoms were caused by Clostridium perfringens bacteria indicating that the catering staff were at fault. The council came to the conclusion that there were inadequate food safety practices in place for catering events and there were also issues with the standard of reheating and cooling food. The business has now implemented food safety procedures and the caterers at fault were fined £3,500 each. These fines combined with the victim surcharge and additional costs amounted to a total of £7,990.
Food hygiene and best practice
Dangerous food can mean food which is undercooked, improperly stored or food which has been handled or prepared incorrectly. Food hygiene is essential for any food business and any establishment providing food and drink to the public. By law, points where there is a risk of food becoming dangerous to eat must be controlled according to food hygiene legislation. So, certain foods must be stored at certain temperatures, some foods (particularly meat) must be prepared using separate utensils from other products and some foods must be cooked to a certain temperature. If you fall ill with food poisoning and someone else was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
Calling for legal assistance
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in accidents, injuries and illnesses that were caused by a third party. This means that, if you have eaten food from an establishment or business that has caused you to become ill, we may be able to help you win some compensation for your suffering. Call our free 24-hour helpline for no-obligation advice regarding your case or contact us via our website. The no win, no fee* policy we offer ensures that you won’t suffer any financial difficulty if you pursue your case with us.