While some pupils will take a packed lunch with them to school each day, others will opt to eat in the school canteen. As with all other food outlets, the canteen should follow health and safety laws and in particular food safety laws as well. If this doesn’t happen, there could be any number of pupils falling ill very quickly indeed.
Of course, very few schools end up giving their pupils food poisoning. Hearing about cases like this doesn’t happen a lot, mainly because there are so few cases of food poisoning that occur in these circumstances. However, if your child has fallen ill because they ate food in the school canteen that was not fit for human consumption, you could claim school food poisoning compensation on their behalf.
Examples where food can become contaminated
If food is not stored at the right temperature, whether that means freezing it or keeping it in the fridge, it can experience a growth in bacteria that can make it dangerous to eat. Similarly it must be prepared in the proper way, otherwise there is a greater chance of it becoming unfit for consumption. Separate chopping boards must be used for poultry, meat, salads and vegetables as well as fish, as this also minimises the chances of anything going wrong.
When food is served hot it should be kept at a steady temperature within acceptable limits. This also reduces the chances that bacteria can survive and grow while the food is available to eat.
Can you claim compensation for your child?
When your child is ill they will likely miss school. This means they will miss out on essential lessons and could have trouble catching up. Being made ill as a result of eating in the school canteen is particularly frustrating, as you might feel they should not have been ill in the first place.
If you feel your child might have had food poisoning because of the meal they ate at school, you could claim school food poisoning compensation for them. To find out whether this is true in your case, all you need to do is call Accident Advice Helpline. Our team is available on 0800 689 0500, and we may be able to put you in contact with one of the professional compensation lawyers we employ who can help you move towards a successful claim.
Date Published: September 24, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead