Have you ever had a steak medium-rare? While it’s fine to eat beef rare, you shouldn’t do the same with a burger – even when it is made from beef. It sounds like an odd quirk of cooking, but there is a good reason for it. It’s very easy to get food poisoning from a burger if you don’t cook it properly, which is why you should always ensure the juices run clear and there is no pink meat remaining in the middle.
When someone does have food poisoning from this type of food, it will usually be E. coli that is the culprit. This will typically occur when someone has eaten undercooked beef, and the key causes are undercooked burgers, as well as other beef-derived products such as meatballs.
How long does it take to realise you have food poisoning from a burger?
The incubation period for various bacteria can vary enormously. While some will make you ill within a few short hours of eating the food that was contaminated, others will take longer. In the case of E. coli, you can fall ill anywhere between one and eight days after you eat the burger. This means many people don’t realise the burger or other meat product was to blame. They might just think they have a stomach bug, or that something else they have eaten more recently was to blame.
If you are affected by these bacteria, you can expect the usual symptoms people associate with food poisoning. You will usually feel ill for a few days, but some people end up being ill for weeks, which can have a severe knock-on effect on their lives.
Was someone else at fault for ignoring food safety rules?
Food safety rules may seem complex, but they are there to protect us. Experts in food preparation of all kinds who work in the food industry have training that ensures they know how to avoid cases of food poisoning. Accident Advice Helpline has however been able to secure compensation for people who were made ill by getting food poisoning from a burger or from other foods.
Call now on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you could make a claim. If you can only access a mobile phone, call on 0333 500 0993 instead to see whether there is a chance to be compensated for your own illness.