When you eat out at a restaurant, you have no idea how clean the kitchen is – if the main part of the restaurant looks clean, that’s usually an indication that things are similarly well-kept behind closed doors, but there are no guarantees. Unfortunately, food poisoning caused by poor kitchen hygiene is all too common, and there are a number of things that could increase your risk of being struck down by food poisoning when eating out.
Here are just a few of the poor kitchen conditions that could lead to food poisoning:
- Failing to clean work surfaces, utensils and dishes
- Not washing hands/poor kitchen hygiene
- Storing cooked and raw food next to each other
- Failing to cook meat properly
- Using food past its sell-by date
- Pest infestation
Restaurants must meet food hygiene standards enforced by the local council’s Environmental Health department, but if you believe you are suffering from food poisoning caused by poor kitchen hygiene, it may be a good idea to contact your local Environmental Health team to report this to them. You should also let the restaurant know, and you may be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Do you have food poisoning?
The symptoms of food poisoning are usually pretty easy to spot, and most people begin to feel ill within 72 hours – although it could take up to a week for symptoms to appear. You’ll usually experience the following:
- Stomach pains
In some cases, you may become very unwell and may need treatment in hospital, but for most people, symptoms resolve themselves within a few days after plenty of rest (and drinking plenty of liquids). You might also want to avoid eating anything rich until you feel better.
Claim the compensation you deserve
Food poisoning can leave you feeling really unwell, and you may even need to take time off work to recover. Accident Advice Helpline can help you to claim the compensation you deserve; why should you suffer because a restaurant’s hygiene standards are not up to scratch? Call our freephone helpline today and we’ll be able to offer you confidential, no-obligation advice; you’ll be pleased to hear that the professional personal injury lawyers we work with operate on a 100% no win, no fee basis. Our patron, TV personality and UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen, recommends us for our excellent customer service, so why not give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 and find out for yourself?
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown