Whether you’re a fan of a Chinese buffet, prefer all-you-can-eat buffet meals or just enjoy a breakfast buffet on holiday, there’s a possibility that you could be struck down by food poisoning if the food you’re eating is contaminated. But you could claim buffet food poisoning compensation if you have become ill after eating at a buffet restaurant in the UK, or whilst on holiday abroad as part of a package holiday. Why not take the 30-second test on Accident Advice Helpline’s website, to see how much compensation you could be entitled to?
Food poisoning symptoms
If you’ve eaten contaminated food, you’ll normally start to feel unwell within 12 to 72 hours, although in some cases symptoms can take up to a week to appear. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and even fever are all symptoms of food poisoning, and the important thing is to make sure you drink plenty of fluids and rest, to prevent dehydration. Most people feel better within 48 hours, but if you’re still feeling unwell you might need to see your GP for treatment.
Food poisoning at a buffet could be caused by dirty conditions – for example if the food was prepared in a dirty kitchen or the buffet serving dishes are not clean. Or perhaps the food has not been properly cooked – raw meat can harbour bacteria which could lead to food poisoning, or could cross-contaminate cooked meat and other items of food. If food has been left out too long in warm weather (common if you’re abroad) then you could suffer food poisoning if it has started to spoil. You could claim compensation from the hotel, restaurant or bar if you’ve become ill after a meal out in the UK, or through your tour operator if you’ve become ill after dining at your hotel on holiday abroad.
Food hygiene rating
Most bars and restaurants in the UK have a food hygiene rating, so next time you’re craving a Chinese or all-you-can-eat buffet, check out the food hygiene rating online, to see whether the establishment you’re considering measures up. Ratings range from 0 stars (serious food hygiene breaches) to 5 stars, and this could help you decide whether it’s safe to eat at a specific restaurant or not. Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim buffet food poisoning compensation if you’ve been the victim of food poisoning after a meal out. Just give us a call on 0800 689 0500 to see if you’re eligible to make a 100% no win, no fee claim.
Date Published: November 30, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton