Food poisoning is an uncomfortable, and often painful, illness which occurs when contaminated food or water is ingested. Some people will suffer milder symptoms than others, depending on their overall health and the amount of contaminated food eaten. The symptoms include nausea, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and vomiting in some cases.
A side-effect of food poisoning is dehydration, so it is best to continue drinking as much water as possible. The food contaminated may be a meat product or it can be a vegetable that has been washed in contaminated water.
Takeaway food is quick and easy to grab, especially when you are on the go or are taking a quick break from work. Sandwich bars are not exempt from food safety regulations therefore they should have the appropriate hazard controls in place just like any other establishment serving food to the public.
This means that they should assess areas where the food could be contaminated. This could occur if food is undercooked, stored at the incorrect temperature or it could even occur if food is prepared with unwashed, contaminated hands. If you have suffered food poisoning from a sandwich bar, it is your right to hold them liable for food safety failings.
Food hygiene and safety
Food poisoning can be mild or it can cause complications depending on how contaminated the food is or how much of it is eaten. In these cases, the sufferer may even require a stay in hospital to recover.
Food establishments have a legal obligation to conduct risk assessments and to identify areas of hazard.
If they do not carry these out, there is a high risk that a member of the public could become ill. If you have suffered food poisoning from a sandwich bar or another takeaway, you could make a compensation claim.
How to begin making your claim
Making a compensation claim is easier with the right support and our team at Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with this. Our experts can advise you on how best to move forward and can help you gather any evidence you need to help move your claim along.
If you are looking for some no-obligation advice from our team, you can give us a call on 0800 689 0500. Our 24-hour helpline means that you can call at any time to discuss making a compensation claim for food poisoning caused by negligence.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen