Food businesses have an obligation to follow the food safety and hygiene regulations set out for them in order to protect the public from illness and to run a clean, safe establishment.
Food premises should be regularly assessed by the owner or an appointed member of staff to identify areas which may create a risk to the public’s health and safety.
Food businesses which do not carry out these risk assessments may be leaving their food open to contamination, either by bacteria or by foreign objects such as glass. This could injure a customer or cause a customer to fall ill with food poisoning.
Keeping unclean food premises is unsafe, unhygienic and bad practice for any food business and could result in serious consequences to the public and the business itself. Contamination could occur if food is left out in the open for a long period of time, or if food is prepared using dirty utensils.
If the premises is unclean, it could attract any number of rats, cockroaches and other infestations. Food which has not been cooked to the correct temperature could also pose a risk to the public and could easily result in an outbreak of food poisoning.
If you have been the victim of food poisoning and there is evidence that you contracted it due to unclean food premises, you could be entitled to compensation.
Food safety failings
Food businesses which fail to carry out risk assessments or fail to keep a clean establishment in general are in violation of the food safety act and food hygiene regulations.
This means that they could be subject to prosecution if the premises is inspected by food safety officers.
If you have been the victim of food poisoning because a restaurant failed to adhere to the food hygiene regulations, you could make a compensation claim for your illness.
The process of making a claim
The compensation claims process is a much smoother one if you have the right help and support. If you need to speak with an expert on how to move forward with your claim, our team of advisers at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you.
You can use our online 30-second test for a quick idea of how successful your claim is likely to be or you can make contact using our online form.
Alternatively, give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your claim with our advisers.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen