Food businesses have a duty of care to protect their customers from harm when they serve their meals. This means that there should be zero risk, or a very low risk, of contamination from foreign objects or bacteria. Contamination from bacteria, viruses or parasites can be extremely dangerous to consumers and can result in food poisoning.
This means that food business owners should put in control measures to ensure that their food is as safe as possible to eat. Food can also easily be contaminated with foreign objects, such as glass, metal or even insects and dirt. This could be the result if the establishment is kept in disrepair or it is extremely dirty.
Food contamination from foreign objects could injure a consumer, particularly if it is glass or metal. The object could be swallowed or it could be bitten into causing an injury requiring dental treatment. Metal could fall into food if there are repairs going on at the establishment and there are nuts, bolts or nails lying around close to the food.
Metal could also fall into the food from a machine which is need of repair therefore machinery and tools should always be checked and maintained. Glass could fall in and injure a customer if it is swallowed or bitten into. If you have suffered an injury from contaminated food, you could be entitled to compensation.
Food hygiene and safety
Every business which sells food to the public should have a risk assessment procedure in place to identify areas which could result in food contamination.
Food business owners should also keep an extremely clean establishment to ensure that the food does not attract rodents or insects which could contaminate the food.
If you have suffered an injury requiring dental treatment after biting into food contaminated with a hard object, you could make a compensation claim.
Personal injury claims
At Accident Advice Helpline, we specialise in personal injury claims and have a team of in-house advisors and solicitors who can help support you throughout your claim. If you have been injured in any way due to someone else’s negligence, you can get in touch with our team to discuss pursuing compensation.
If you are looking for an idea of how successful your claim may be, you can enter some details about your case into our online 30-second test. If you are looking for some one-on-one advice, you can pick up the phone and call us free on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen