Getting food poisoning is bad enough, but the thought of getting food poisoning from cockroaches is surely enough to put most of us off our dinner. Cockroaches can potentially be harmful to health and it goes without saying that no takeaway or other food outlet should have any evidence of them being present.
Unfortunately, while such cases are indeed isolated, there are occasions when standards slip well below the ones expected of such outlets. One recent case saw a former takeaway owner fined in court for serious breaches of the food hygiene laws.
The takeaway was found to have numerous live and dead cockroaches in various areas. This is negligence and is clear evidence that serious changes should be made to the takeaway. In this case it was closed until the changes and improvements were made.
How is food poisoning from cockroaches caused?
When a takeaway or other food outlet isn’t kept clean, it can attract all kinds of vermin and bugs. When cockroaches are present they can get everywhere, crawling on work surfaces, on the floor, over utensils used for cooking and preparing food and even across the food itself.
Cockroaches are known to carry pathogens responsible for some cases of food poisoning. When they come into contact with anything in a food outlet the chances that someone will contract food poisoning are significantly increased.
There are cases where people have successfully claimed compensation after suffering from food poisoning in these circumstances. If it can be proven where the contaminated food came from and the outlet is shown to be substandard with regard to food hygiene, the owner could be found negligent in their actions. If this occurs there is a good chance the person made ill could claim compensation.
How can you avoid substandard takeaways?
Every food outlet must have a star rating as awarded by inspectors. A great many of them will be awarded a five-star rating but sometimes if the standards are not as good they will have a lower rating. Therefore it is worth checking the star ratings before considering where you will buy your food from.
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Date Published: July 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen