If you ever wanted to open a food outlet of some kind – perhaps a takeaway or a restaurant, for example – you would have to make sure you adhered to a wide range of food hygiene laws and rules. These are in place to ensure every such outlet would be safe for people to use and would not be dangerous in any way. Food poisoning can easily occur when the proper rules and regulations are not followed, which is why food hygiene is so important in this industry.
As Accident Advice Helpline knows only too well, inadequate food hygiene procedures are potentially dangerous as they can result in people falling ill from eating in an affected outlet. This could mean buying a takeaway from an outlet that is not clean, or eating in a restaurant where food has not been stored or cooked properly.
What are inadequate food hygiene procedures?
Lots of things could fall into this bracket. For example if food is not stored at the appropriate temperature it may allow bacteria to multiply and affect people who are eating there. Different types of foods should also be stored and prepared separately so one cannot infect the other. In other cases there are incidents where the outlet is not kept as clean as it should be. This alone can lead to infections taking place where the outlet allows bacteria to quickly multiply.
As you can see, there are a myriad of reasons why food poisoning might occur. If someone is affected as such they do have a right to seek compensation for suffering food poisoning that could and should have been prevented.
Regular inspections mean great quality outlets
Food hygiene officers make regular inspections of all kinds of food outlets up and down the country. This means there are few cases where outlets are sub-standard, as those that do fall down on standards are advised on how to improve things. Very few outlets flout the rules continually, and those that do may end up in court.
When a no win, no fee* claim is a possibility, Accident Advice Helpline is here to make sure those affected by food poisoning have that chance to claim. By calling 0800 689 0500 within three years of your incident, you can see whether that includes you. Professional no-obligation advice is the first step to take so call us now.
Date Published: May 31, 2015
Author: Rob Steen