To most of us, food poisoning is just that – food poisoning that makes us ill because we’ve eaten something that wasn’t cooked properly and was contaminated with a bacterium. However, there are several kinds of bacteria and viruses that can cause food poisoning. For example, c. perfringens food poisoning relates to clostridium perfringens, and while it isn’t one of the more familiar bacteria around, it is responsible for many cases of food poisoning each year.
Often, people assume they have a short-lived stomach flu, when in fact this bacterium is responsible and they ate something that caused the illness to develop. While it isn’t pleasant to have, there are other forms of food poisoning that are far worse than this.
How might you get c. perfringens food poisoning?
Undercooked meat is a big culprit, and you might end up falling ill if you eat meat that hasn’t been fully cooked through. It is also more likely you would be affected if you eat food from a hot buffet where the temperature is not accurately controlled. If this happens, the bacterium can grow and multiply and be more likely to cause illness in anyone who eats the affected food.
If you do eat food that has been affected in this way, you will know for sure within 24 hours of eating it. By this time, the symptoms will become apparent. Additionally, you could fall ill much sooner, within about six hours of eating the food. Since hot buffets are particularly good breeding grounds for the bacterium if the temperature isn’t properly controlled, many people can fall ill in the same time.
Is there a chance to claim compensation?
Anyone who suffers from c. perfringens food poisoning should seek advice if they think they got it from eating food from a buffet or other food outlet. Since there is a chance other people might have fallen ill, it can often be easier to prove food poisoning was the cause.
To learn more, and to see whether there is a chance you might win compensation for your own experience, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline now. We handle many food poisoning claims each year, and you can find out more about your chances of claiming on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 if you wish to call from a mobile phone instead. It’s worth learning more.
Date Published: November 23, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead