Food poisoning is caused by bacteria and viruses being transferred through food, surfaces and equipment. Symptoms range from an upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhoea, dehydration and abdominal cramps and can be mild, moderate or severe, with some victims of food poisoning even being hospitalised. Restaurants and other establishments preparing and selling food are held liable when one of their diners comes down with food poisoning from eating at that establishment, as food poisoning is entirely avoidable. As such, these establishments may be ordered to pay compensation to those suffering food poisoning from cinema food.
How could it have been prevented?
The FSA recommends using and remembering the four C’s, which are cleaning, cooking, chilling and cross-contamination. Other recommendations include sticking to the use-by date and storage instructions on the packet, and not handling food if you are suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea, or have done so in the last 48 hours. Here is some more information on the four C’s:
- Cleaning: by keeping cooking utensils and surfaces clean you can help to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria. It is also recommended that you wash your hands regularly with warm, soapy water, especially after going to the toilet, changing a baby’s nappy, handling raw food and playing with pets and animals.
- Cooking: ensure all food is cooked thoroughly and to the middle, especially meat, to kill any bacteria that may be present in the food. Ensure all food is steaming hot and do not reheat food more than once.
- Chilling: check the temperature that your food needs to be stored at, cool food quickly and store in a refrigerator that is set to the right temperature. Do not leave food at room temperature or harmful bacteria can grow and multiply.
- Cross-contamination (avoiding it): help to prevent cross-contamination by doing things like washing hands and utensils regularly, handling raw and cooked meals separately, storing raw and cooked foods separately.
Call the experts
Our team of experts are available today on 0800 689 0500 to answer any questions you might have about claiming against an establishment for food poisoning; whether you are eligible to claim and the process involved in a claim. To add to this, we also have a free to use 30-second claim calculator, available on our website, which can tell you how much you could be owed within seconds.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen