Some types of food seem to have a higher chance of incurring a case of food poisoning than others. For example you might think of improperly-cooked chicken or food that hasn’t been stored at the proper temperature. You might also think of food that is well past the date it should have been eaten by.
You may not necessarily think of unwashed food. However this is just as susceptible to causing cases of food poisoning as some other food items. If a food business does not wash certain items of food before serving them, such as salad items and vegetables for example, they could be found negligent in the way they run their business.
Is unwashed food really that dangerous?
It can be – you never know what has been on the food concerned, which is why it should be washed in advance of being used or served. Let’s say a food business takes delivery of raw vegetables to be served as part of a particular dish. The vegetables should be washed and prepared to ensure they are clean and free from potential bacteria. Peeling does not always remove the bacteria as it can be transferred using the hands.
As you can see, it is easier than you might think for unwashed food to cause food poisoning. The symptoms of an outbreak can last for several days so it is really much better to avoid this happening if at all possible.
Would a restaurant customer know if food had been washed?
You wouldn’t – you have to put your trust in the people running the restaurant to provide you with a safe and enjoyable meal. Of course the vast majority of people will run excellent businesses that follow all the food safety laws currently in place. There is little chance of anyone coming up against problems in this way.
If you have suffered from food poisoning and you suspect a particular food outlet you used may not have washed its food, you should consider getting advice today. Here at Accident Advice Helpline we provide no-obligation advice and this is the best way to ensure you are able to find out if you have cause to make a proper compensation claim. Call us on 0800 689 0500 and see if you have evidence to back up a claim like this in search of some compensation.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen