Food businesses have an obligation to follow the food safety regulations in order to protect the public from harm. Business owners should identify the main hazards in their establishment and should find a way to control them to the best of their ability. For example, raw meat should be prepared on a different worktop from vegetables or other ingredients, or the worktop should be thoroughly cleaned after use. Foodstuffs should be stored at certain temperatures and food should also be cooked to the temperature standards given in the regulations. There are also regulations for re-heating food and hygiene standards should be strict. Hand washing facilities should be provided in any establishment which prepares food and the establishment itself should be kept extremely clean and in good condition.
Every establishment that sells food to consumers should have a risk assessment policy in place, including takeaways. Many people enjoy an Indian takeaway at the end of a long, hard week, therefore the last thing that any consumer wants is a bout of food poisoning. If you have suffered Indian takeaway food poisoning, you may be able to claim compensation.
When to make a compensation claim
If you think that a certain restaurant is responsible for your bout of food poisoning, you should make a complaint to your local council. It is possible that the restaurant has not been following food safety guidelines and could therefore be negligent in causing your illness. In this case, you could make a compensation claim. You may wish to find out if anyone else who ate the food also fell ill to make your case stronger. If you need any advice or wish to get representation for your case, Accident Advice Helpline can assist.
What we do
Accident Advice Helpline operates with a team of experts to help victims of personal injury or illness to claim compensation. It is your right to make a claim if you have been the victim of negligence and have therefore suffered an illness because of someone else. Call our team free on our 24-hour helpline for no-obligation advice or contact us via our website. We have a 30-second online test which can give you an idea of how successful your claim is likely to be. We also offer a no win, no fee* service so your finances will be safe if you choose to make a claim with us.
Date Published: January 20, 2015
Author: David Brown