Cross-contamination occurs when an infected item of food – perhaps a raw chicken breast for example – comes into contact with other items of food. For instance, many pieces of raw chicken might test positive for bacteria that could potentially cause food poisoning if the chicken is not cooked properly.
If the chicken is kept separate from all other foods prior to cooking, this won’t be a problem as any bacteria present will be killed upon cooking at the proper temperature and length of time.
However if a food outlet neglects to follow food hygiene rules and regulations there is a potential chance that food poisoning from cross-contamination could occur. For instance they might prepare raw chicken on a work surface that is then used to prepare salad vegetables. Any bacteria present on the chicken could then potentially be transferred to the salad, meaning there is a chance people could fall ill as a result.
Is negligence in this instance dangerous?
It can be, yes. Food poisoning from cross-contamination means that several types of food could become contaminated. However if the proper procedures are in place, with separate chopping boards for a variety of foods present, there is little chance food poisoning could occur.
If there is bacteria present there is an opportunity for people to fall ill. Food poisoning can be nasty and while many cases are resolved within a few short days, the experience a person has during that time is unpleasant. Furthermore more serious cases can potentially last longer and put a person at risk of long-lasting effects and potentially dehydration as well.
It is important to point out that the vast majority of people working in the food industry do everything they can to meet and exceed the food safety rules that are in operation. Many of them run excellent businesses that are safe in every way with regard to food.
As such there is a good chance that you may never suffer food poisoning from this type of outlet.
Accident Advice Helpline has dealt with a variety of claims from people who have suffered in situations like these.
If you have experience of something like this within the last three years there is a chance you could make a claim. If you call us free now on 0800 689 0500 you can find out whether this is the case.