One modern trend proving to be ever more popular is arranging weddings in more exotic locations than the local church or registry office. Many people from the UK are now choosing to celebrate their big day in sunnier climes. But this does pose certain risks, with many of these celebratory occasions being ruined by overseas wedding food poisoning.
There is nothing more guaranteed to bring celebrants back down to earth than a bout of gastric contamination. Food can be infected for any number of reasons, so prior to planning the nuptials it is a good idea to become aware of these.
The nature of weddings is that a large amount of food will be prepared for the guests. In these situations the emphasis is often on getting the dishes out to the tables as quickly as possible. When this happens, there can be lapses in hygiene.
Whenever a kitchen employee has visited the toilet, they might feel pressured into rushing straight back into the preparation area. Unfortunately, while the food may continue to be dished out quickly, that person will have spread bacteria onto it. Viruses such as norovirus can thrive on surfaces long after the person who touched them has moved on.
Who is responsible for kitchen hygiene?
While overseas wedding food poisoning will put the dampeners on any celebration, the fact is it can easily be avoided. The food standards that must be in place in any kitchen environment, in local or foreign environments, are relatively straightforward.
Observing good hygiene merely means following common sense dictates, such as keeping cold food at a certain temperature, keeping hot buffet food covered, and thoroughly washing food preparation areas. Utensils and cutlery should be cleaned after each usage. Gloves and hairnets or hats should also be made available to staff.
Contact professional claims experts
If you have been exposed to food poisoning, you may well have considered what to do about seeking redress. In the first instance you should get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. We have been competently dealing with assessing compensation claims for over 14 years.
If you phone us we will put you in touch with a team of qualified compensation claims solicitors who will be able to advise whether or not your own circumstances would merit a successful claim.
All you have to do is call our free hotline, 0800 689 0500, and you can leave the background investigations to us.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen