We all eat out from time to time, and even those that don’t will need to buy food from supermarkets, butchers and other similar venues. As such you put your trust in the people working in those premises to provide you with food that is safe to eat. While negligent food preparation is unlikely to happen and is very rare, it can happen if the proper procedures are not followed.
When food is prepared great care must be taken to ensure it is prepared in the proper manner. For example this includes keeping cooked food away from raw food. It also includes preparing different types of food on different chopping boards that are colour-coded for ease of identification. Another example would be to ensure all food is available within date, and is not sold past this date when it could potentially be more dangerous.
What might happen if you buy food that has been prepared in a negligent manner?
The most likely occurrence would be for you or someone else to become ill. Food poisoning can and does occur and in these circumstances it is possible that you might suffer severe symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea. It would depend on the specific bacteria you were affected with.
In some cases people can be ill for some time after they are infected in this way. It is rare but some are left with stomach problems for a significant time, and may never be able to eat the same way again. This is why it is so important to make sure you are not affected by negligent food preparation if you can possibly help it.
Knowing what to do if you suspect this has happened to you
If you suspect a particular food supplier or outlet has made you ill, it is important to contact your local food safety team. They will be able to investigate to determine whether there is any proof of negligence involved in the situation. If there is, this may be able to help you with regard to making a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline might also be in a position to help you. If you contact us on our free enquiry line, which is open 24/7, you can see whether you have a chance to make a no win, no fee compensation claim. Why not call today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more details?
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen