How often do you visit your local butcher? Many towns have a butcher that sells fresh meat of all kinds, and for many people it is the ideal source of good-quality meat. While this is undoubtedly true for the most part, there are occasions when a negligent butcher might potentially put the health and well-being of their customers at risk.
You might wonder how this could happen. An example might be that some butchers provide cooked meat to buy as well as fresh meat. In this instance each should be kept well away from the other, both in presentation and in storage and preparation areas. Meat should also be stored and prepared in the proper manner and at the right temperature at all times.
How might you know if you have come across a negligent butcher?
There could be potential occasions when you might buy infected meat from a butcher. For example you may have bought something in good faith that later made you ill. If you suspect negligence was the cause and the local food safety team confirms the butcher’s was the source of the illness you suffered, this would prove the butcher was negligent.
Clearly no one wants to suffer an illness they contracted in this way. However there are times when you might end up going through such an experience if a butcher did not follow all the rules and regulations with regard to food safety.
Proper storage and presentation
The majority of butchers do an excellent job in serving the public in a safe and efficient manner. There is no question of their services or products being substandard in any way. However if there are issues it could potentially mean someone is made ill because of it.
Indeed, food poisoning among several people could provide evidence in itself if a particular butcher was the common link among all of them. In this case the food safety team might visit the premises to determine whether there were practices in place that might be potentially negligent.
Accident Advice Helpline deals with many situations other than accidents. If you’ve been through a case of food poisoning within the last three years, call us today on 0800 689 0500 to see if you have a chance to make a claim. Our no win, no fee* model of claiming means you don’t pay anything if you don’t win.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen