Poor takeaway food hygiene is the biggest cause of food poisoning cases in takeaway establishments today. At Accident Advice Helpline we see many claims from individuals who have sustained food poisoning symptoms as a result of eating from a takeaway.
In most cases the victim suffers discomfort including vomiting and diarrhoea and need some time off work. Unfortunately, food poisoning can also be very serious causing complications and even greater discomfort.
It is of course the business owner’s obligation to ensure that all food preparation and cooking is done with proper food hygiene procedures in place, therefore reducing the risk of illness.
Preventing food poisoning
As food poisoning is a direct result of poor takeaway food hygiene, it is entirely preventable. Simply abiding by food hygiene standards can help restaurants and fast food chains to prevent any kind of food poisoning. Here are some of the most common ways food poisoning is spread and can be prevented:
- Preventing cross contamination: raw and cooked meat as well as vegetables should be handled separately; this means storing them separately and using different knives etc. when preparing food
- Ensuring food is properly cooked: food such as meat and eggs may contain bacteria that could cause food poisoning. When food is cooked properly these bacteria are killed and pose no danger to us when we eat them, however, if food is not cooked properly, these bacteria are still present in the food and can cause food poisoning when we eat them
- Cleanliness: cleaning up food debris, clearing and wiping surfaces and ensuring all cooking equipment is properly washed can all help to reduce the risk of food poisoning
- Staff: restaurants and takeaways should always ensure chefs and servers are trained fully in the preparation and cooking food. They should also encourage regular hand washing and ensure only healthy employees are allowed to work; employees who have recently had sickness and diarrhoea should avoid work until they have been symptom-free for two days or more.
Compensation for food poisoning
Food poisoning is of particularly concern in vulnerable people such as pregnant women, the elderly and anyone with an underlying medical condition, all of whom may suffer the symptoms of food poisoning on a more severe scale.
The more severe the food poisoning case and therefore the symptoms you suffer, the higher compensation amount you are likely to be awarded. In order to be eligible to claim for food poisoning cases you must not be at fault, i.e. you cannot have prepared the food yourself. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information on how to make a claim.
Date Published: October 24, 2015
Author: Rob Steen