Most of us at some point have walked past a burger van and been unable to resist the delicious smell of fresh burgers and onions. Whether you are out shopping and find yourself a little hungry or are ravenous after a night out, a burger always sounds like a good idea. While it might seem like a good idea at the time, eating from a burger van might actually be one of the worst things you do if you come down with a severe case of food poisoning.
Food poisoning from a burger van is unfortunately quite common and something for which people are claiming more and more, though this hasn’t always been the case. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we encourage anyone who has suffered food poisoning from a burger van (especially those who were hospitalised with their symptoms) to contact us and see if you are eligible to claim. We have a very good success rate in helping our customers to claim the compensation that is justified, with years of experience in the industry.
Preventing food poisoning
Food poisoning is caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites contaminating food and making it unsafe to eat. Fortunately, food poisoning is entirely preventable by using safe methods to prepare and store food, and in thoroughly understanding Food Standards Agency regulations. Here are some ways of preventing food poisoning from a burger van:
- Avoid cross-contamination: Always handle and store different food groups separately. Keep fruit separate to meat, keep cooked meats and raw meats apart and use different utensils when preparing these foods, cleaning surfaces between preparation.
- Make sure food is properly cooked: Bacteria that cause food poisoning are usually killed in the cooking process, making the food safe to eat. When food is not cooked properly, these bacteria survive, potentially causing the person who eats it to fall ill.
- Clean regularly and thoroughly: Wiping surfaces, keeping the floor free from debris and cleaning utensils are all excellent and easy ways to prevent food poisoning.
- Training: All workers involved in the preparation and handling of food should be trained to understand the importance of properly storing food and cooking it thoroughly.
- Staff cleanliness: Workers should be encouraged to regularly wash their hands while preparing food. They should also avoid working with food while they are ill.
Compensation for food poisoning
If you have recently sustained food poisoning and have suffered with the symptoms, potentially having to see a doctor or be hospitalised for a period of time, then you may be eligible to claim compensation. The more severe the food poisoning case (and therefore the symptoms you suffer), the higher compensation amount you are likely to be awarded.
Start your compensation claim or find out whether or not you are eligible to claim by contacting us today. Call one of our specialists on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to see if you are eligible to claim and how much you could be awarded.
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen