Pubs have changed over the years from being venues that solely offered drinks to places where people can sit down and enjoy a range of meals. Unfortunately, people can very easily succumb to food poisoning from a pub. The main reason for this is lack of attention to basic health and safety requirements. For example, buffet meals offered to customers are often displayed in a range of dishes, where the clientèle are free to pick up an empty plate and help themselves. However, when hot dishes are presented in this way, they should always be covered. As the day progresses, it is inevitable that the lids will be cast to one side and perhaps old food will mix with new at varying temperatures.
Bacteria commonly infect food in the kitchen area. A common source of this contamination comes from poor hygiene. Where pubs are dealing with a number of customers at the same time, the staff will invariably be run off their feet. Returning from toilet breaks, there may be a temptation to hurry back over to the preparation area without washing properly. This is how germs can easily be transmitted to the food. The types of contamination that are typical are salmonella or E. coli, and when these are passed onto pub customers the gastric upsets they will invariably provoke can be terrible.
What should have been done?
One of the saddest aspects of these situations is that food poisoning from a pub is relatively easy to prevent. All that is required is for the kitchen areas to be kept hygienic, and for the staff to be trained in every aspect of preparation. Storage is a key consideration — amongst the basic rules is that raw meat is never placed on shelving directly above other foodstuffs. Food should be refrigerated if that is a requirement, and meals that are served hot must be cooked to an appropriate temperature. Surfaces should be washed regularly.
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Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Food poisoning claims