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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Common causes of food poisoning

    Food poisoning brings with it some pretty nasty symptoms, and all too often we don’t stop to think about how hygienic the establishment we are eating at or ordering food from is. It’s a good idea to check the food hygiene rating of restaurants and takeaways online, but if you have been unlucky enough to be struck down by food poisoning, you’ll know it is no laughing matter. There are several common causes of food poisoning, and Accident Advice Helpline has handled hundreds of claims for people who have been affected, since we were established in 2000.

    What causes food poisoning?

    Food poisoning is generally caused by poor food hygiene, but what exactly does this mean, and what are some of the common causes of food poisoning?

    • Failing to wash hands properly after the toilet, before handling food
    • Dirty food prep areas, such as dirty work surfaces or chopping boards
    • Cross contamination between cooked and raw meat, such as using the same board for raw and cooked chicken
    • Failing to store food properly – this could be caused by leaving meat or dairy products out of the fridge in hot weather
    • Faulty fridges or freezers meaning food is not stored at the correct temperature
    • Using food past its use-by date
    • Pest infestation, such as mice in the kitchen
    • Using dirty utensils or pots to cook food
    • Washing chicken under running water, which can spread campylobacter bacteria
    • Not cooking meat properly

    If you’ve been affected by food poisoning, symptoms usually take between 24 and 48 hours to appear, although in some cases it could be a few days before you begin to feel ill. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever are the most common symptoms, and this can be particularly risky for children and the elderly, who can easily become dehydrated and may require hospitalisation. Most people feel better within a couple of days, but sometimes medical treatment is needed if symptoms persist, and there have been cases where people have suffered ongoing symptoms for months or even years after the event.

    Claiming compensation for food poisoning

    With food poisoning compensation claims, it’s pretty clear who is at fault – the establishment where you ate contaminated food. Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and find out whether you have a viable claim for compensation. We can help you to claim what you deserve on a 100% no win, no fee basis and it’s free to call us.

    Date Published: May 13, 2016

    Author: Paula Beaton

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