Food safety regulations are in place for a very good reason – to keep everyone safe. The potential for food poisoning is significantly increased when food outlets are found to be breaking food safety regulations.
These cover all kinds of areas from food preparation to the condition of the premises used. As such the highest ratings are only given to those outlets that meet and exceed all areas of the regulations.
Food poisoning does occasionally crop up when these regulations are not followed as they should be. There are many ways in which someone might become ill, and in some isolated cases an outbreak of food poisoning in the local area can be traced back to a particular outlet. This would likely result in a court case that could see the owners prosecuted and fined.
How could an owner start breaking food safety regulations?
The vast majority of food outlet owners and managers, whether they run restaurants, takeaways or both, will never break any of the regulations.
Instead they take every conceivable precaution to ensure they follow the rules and regulations as they are laid down. They will ensure all staff members are trained to do their jobs properly and ensure they understand food hygiene laws.
If there is a lack of attention in this area it could constitute negligence. In other cases food may not be prepared properly. It might be contaminated through being stored with other foods, or perhaps be stored at the wrong temperature or be past its use-by date.
Is it easy to prove negligence?
Obviously there should be proper evidence that points to a particular outlet being responsible for one or more cases of food poisoning. If this is possible then it is likely anyone who suffered symptoms might have a potential chance to make a compensation claim.
The symptoms of food poisoning are far from pleasant and while most cases disappear in a few days, some people are left with lasting symptoms.
Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you if you have been the victim of a case like this. Why not get in touch today? We can discuss your case on 0800 689 0500 if you’ve been affected within the last three years.
This is a free number to call and the advice is provided on a no-obligation basis as well. One call could change everything.
Date Published: July 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen