Dinner parties tend to be fun affairs. Great food, great company and a lovely experience – you can generally expect all of these and more besides. Some dinner parties might be catered by an outside company to leave the host ready to enjoy chatting with their guests. While the majority of such services are superb and of excellent quality, there may be the occasional time where the potential for food poisoning at a dinner party might arise.
Food poisoning at a dinner party has the potential to affect several if not all of those who were in attendance. A lot may depend on whether everyone eats the same offending dish, or whether more than one dish is affected in some way. Here there could be good reason to find out if negligent practices were in use.
How could food poisoning happen?
There is the potential for this to occur in a number of ways. A good example would be if raw meat or poultry was prepared or came into contact with cooked meat or poultry. Keeping ingredients separate and prepared on separate chopping boards is imperative in order to reduce the odds of infection. Furthermore staff should also take every precaution to ensure their hands are clean and they wear food-grade gloves if need be.
Food also needs to be kept at the proper temperature. This could mean keeping it cold if it has already cooled or letting it stay heated at the right temperature in the case of cooked food. Since food for a dinner party may not be cooked on the premises, but instead is prepared elsewhere and transported to the venue, this has to be done properly.
Enjoying a dinner party
For the most part dinner parties are a resounding success for those who host them and for those who attend. There are only very isolated instances where something may go wrong to cause one or more attendees to fall ill.
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Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen