Food hygiene is a serious issue, and any business serving food or drink to customers must meet certain food hygiene standards. You can check the food hygiene rating of any restaurant, takeaway or food shop on the Food Standards Agency website. But what about if you’re eating in your workplace canteen or grabbing a burger from the burger van near your work – are these places also covered by food hygiene standards? The answer is yes, and you can take action if you’ve become ill as a result of food hygiene breaches.
Spotting a cockroach in your work’s canteen or being struck down by food poisoning after eating a dodgy burger is no laughing matter – you can get in touch with your local council’s environmental health department to report these offences. Officers will normally investigate and issue warnings which may include an ‘improvement required’ certificate; in serious cases premises may even be closed whilst they are investigated and deep cleaning takes place. Claiming compensation for food hygiene breaches may also be an option you wish to look into.
How can you protect yourself against food poisoning?
Of course there is no way to protect yourself completely from food poisoning, but there are a number of things you can do if you’re eating away from home:
- Check the premises and your surroundings to see if they look clean – if not, don’t eat there
- Are staff clean and well groomed? Are they wearing gloves or other protective coverings when handling food?
- How is food stored – have you bought a sandwich or drink that doesn’t appear to have been properly refrigerated? Best to return it
- Check the food hygiene rating on the Food Standards Agency website to ensure the premises is safe
If you are unlucky enough to be struck down by food poisoning despite taking precautions, you may be considering claiming compensation for food hygiene breaches – make sure you don’t miss out as there is a time limit of three years in which to make a claim.
Making a claim for compensation
Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you or someone you care about has been affected by food poisoning – we’ll get you the compensation you deserve. We can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim, and because we’re highly recommended by our patron Esther Rantzen for our excellent customer service, you know you can rely on us to handle your claim professionally and efficiently. You can take the 30-second test on our website right now, to find out how much you could claim, or call our freephone helpline for confidential, no-obligation advice.