Package holiday food poisoning will ensure that your trip to an exciting foreign location becomes memorable for all the wrong reasons. There are various factors that can lead to meals becoming contaminated. Meat that has not been cooked thoroughly can harbour bacteria.
Foodstuffs needing to be chilled must be stored below 5°C, or else there is a serious risk to public health when it is subsequently consumed. Cross contamination can happen when raw chicken has been placed on a chopping board, and the board is not washed prior to the next helping of food being prepared on it.
Salmonella, the bacteria that can lead to major gastric poisoning incidents, can be found in raw eggs, milk and various other dairy products. The incubation period for the infection usually lasts between 12 and 72 hours, with the subsequent poisoning symptoms lasting for up to a week.
The under-cooking of mince, meatballs or burgers can lead to E. coli poisoning. This is an extremely infectious type of contamination. All it takes is for one person harbouring the bacteria to touch something else in the kitchen for it to be passed on.
What are the after-effects of an incident?
Package holiday food poisoning will leave the victim incapacitated for many unpleasant hours. But the longer-term impact can be just as stressful. Any sudden and unexpected illness can create symptoms of anxiety. The constant nausea and diarrhoea will leave the individual completely dehydrated.
When this experience happens in a different country, hundreds of miles from home, the impact will be even more acute. Post-traumatic stress can lead to flashbacks of the poisoning episode, as well as eroding the confidence people have to go about their normal routine when they return home.
Here to help with your potential claim
It can take a long time to recover from a gastric poisoning incident. You will more than likely have been put off eating the offending foodstuffs ever again. But one thing that might put a smile back on your face is the thought of recompense from the negligent party.
Being served contaminated food indicates a breach in health and safety laws, so you are perfectly entitled to seek compensation.
To determine exactly whether or not this would be applicable in your case, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Customers have been relying on our sterling advice service for over 14 years.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen