A bout of Christmas party food poisoning affected 34 people at the same Christmas party in Portsea last week. After suffering food poisoning, one man was taken to hospital, with 33 others experiencing symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea and nausea. Only a few others who attended the party escaped unaffected, including six children.
Christmas party food poisoning isn’t uncommon, with more parties, meals out and BBQs taking place over the holidays than at other times of year. At the moment, it’s summer in Australia, and cases of food poisoning often rise when the weather is hot and families heat up the BBQ to enjoy food outside. Whether you are in Australia, the UK or elsewhere in the world, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of food poisoning, including:
- Don’t eat food that has been left out of the refrigerator for more than four hours
- Food should be kept hot and reheated thoroughly to above 75 degrees
- Keep raw meat, seafood and poultry away from cooked meat, to prevent the spread of bacteria that could cause food poisoning
- Ensure frozen food is thoroughly defrosted before cooking
If you have been struck down by food poisoning after a Christmas party or meal, you could claim compensation.
How to make a claim
You should contact the establishment where you ate, whether that’s a pub, restaurant or other venue, and let them know that you have suffered from food poisoning, as they’ll normally want to carry out their own investigations. If a number of people complain, the local environmental health department may get involved.
To make a claim for personal injury compensation, contact a personal injury lawyer to find out whether you are eligible – if so, they will gather evidence in support of your claim and give you an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to.
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It’s easy to find out whether you have a viable claim, just call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 – we’re open 24/7, or take the 30-second test on our website right now, to find out how much you might be able to claim.
Source: Herald Sun
Date Published: January 20, 2015
Author: David Brown