Everyone needs some comfort food from time to time; even the healthiest eaters may feel like a takeaway every now and again to avoid the kitchen. Takeaways and other restaurants have a duty of care to the public to ensure that the food they consume is in safe condition.
The quality of the food in the takeaway may not be particularly high (e.g. cheap meat used in kebabs or burgers) but that does not meant that the standard of preparation and cooking has to dip.
Every establishment selling food to the public, even junk food, must carry out risk assessments to identify areas where there may be a risk to health from contamination.
Where there may be a risk to the public’s health or safety, takeaways should put control measures in place to ensure that this risk is reduced. Food poisoning can be caused by under-cooking meat, storing raw meat with cooked meat (cross-contamination) or by keeping an unclean establishment.
If staff are also unhygienic and there are no hand washing procedures in place, food can also be contaminated. If you have suffered from food poisoning from junk food or from any kind of takeaway food, you may have experienced symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps.
Claiming compensation for food poisoning
Food hygiene regulations are put in place for all food establishments to follow; this includes those which sell junk food or unhealthy takeaway food. There may have been a failure to identify areas of hazard or there may have been a specific food hygiene-related failure.
If you have suffered from food poisoning from junk food, takeaway food or any kind of food bought from a restaurant, you may have fallen seriously ill. You could claim compensation for illness caused by negligence.
What to do next
Where there is evidence that there have been food safety failings and negligence on the part of a food establishment, you may be entitled to compensation for food poisoning if it is likely to have come from this source.
If you are thinking about claiming compensation, our team at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you. We are a specialist personal injury and illness compensation company which has been helping people to get the compensation they deserve for 14 years.
If you wish to discuss your claim with our helpful advisers, call us free on: 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen