Food safety and hygiene is essential for any food business to ensure that the food served is safe to eat. Food business owners have a duty to assess the areas where food could be contaminated and put in control measures to ensure that this does not happen. In addition, they must keep a clean establishment at all times according to legislation. The contamination risk could be from bacteria or it could be from foreign objects such as glass, metal or even insects. A member of the public could suffer an injury if contaminated food is eaten.
Food could become contaminated by bacteria if it is undercooked, prepared with dirty utensils or it is not fit for consumption. However, it is also possible to contaminate food with objects or even insects if the establishment is unclean, in a state of disrepair or overrun with insects. Pieces of metal from broken machinery could get into the food served or broken glass could contaminate food if it is not cleaned up. You could claim compensation for breaking teeth on food if the food was found to be contaminated by a foreign object which caused your injury.
The importance of food safety
If there are repairs or work going on at a food establishment, measures should be taken by the food business owner to ensure that no debris, metal or other objects contaminate their food. If the establishment is kept in an unclean and unhygienic state, it is more likely that the food will be contaminated by a foreign object. Failure to adhere to hygiene rules means that customers are put at risk of an injury from contaminated food. You could claim compensation for breaking teeth on food contaminated with metal or another hard object.
What you can do about it
If you have suffered an injury from food which was contaminated due to a food business owner’s negligence, you could make a personal injury compensation claim. Our team at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with this and can provide you with no-obligation advice on your case. If you wish to get in touch with our team, give us a call free on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your case with an advisor. We will offer you a no win, no fee service if you choose to work with our legal representatives to pursue your claim.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen