The Food Standards Agency and South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) are advising the public to ‘look before you book’ before planning a Christmas meal with friends, family or colleagues to avoid food poisoning at Christmas.
You can check an establishment’s food hygiene rating online or look for the green and black sticker in the window of the restaurant, bar or café of your choice – or ask a member of staff.
Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for bars, cafés and restaurants and food poisoning at Christmas is unfortunately surprisingly common. Councillor Andrew Grant, of South Northamptonshire Council’s environmental services department, commented, “No-one wants to spoil their Christmas with a nasty bout of food poisoning after eating out and I would recommend that you make sure one of your ingredients for a great meal out is to check the hygiene rating scheme. I am delighted to say that in South Northamptonshire 95% of our food businesses are rated 3 or above.”
Food poisoning can bring with it some very nasty symptoms which could easily spoil your festive fun. If you have been affected by food poisoning after eating out, it’s important to report it to the establishment in question, so that they can carry out their own investigations. You may also wish to think about making a claim for compensation.
Claiming compensation for food poisoning
Food poisoning is often caused by food being stored or cooked improperly, and at Christmas, failing to cook turkey properly is a major cause of food poisoning. Bacteria in uncooked poultry can make you very ill, causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps.
Whilst symptoms usually subside within a few days, in some cases you may need hospital treatment. Food poisoning can be particularly dangerous for the elderly or children.
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Date Published: November 16, 2014
Author: David Brown