Ordering a takeaway meal from the restaurant of your choice has always been a popular activity in the UK. However, this experience will be ruined if you become the unwitting victim of poor takeaway hygiene. The end result of this is likely to be some form of gastric upset. The symptoms of this do not always manifest immediately — they might take up to 48 hours to appear, but when they do the effects can be devastating.
If you have been served takeaway food prepared in a filthy kitchen, you will typically succumb to severe stomach cramps, vomiting episodes and perhaps diarrhoea. This is because a common type of contamination allows bacteria to be transmitted to your digestive system. The germs will coat the lining of your gastric tract, interfering with your body’s natural functionality. This will result in severe dehydration, which can be a particularly dangerous condition for vulnerable patients, such as very young children, the elderly and anyone whose immune system is compromised.
The way in which the food has been prepared can mean the difference between an enjoyable banquet and one that turns your stomach. Kitchens must be kept clean and free of infestation or mould. Foodstuffs must be stored appropriately, refrigerated where necessary and cooked for the optimum period.
How can these issues be prevented?
Poor takeaway hygiene leads to thousands of food poisoning cases across the UK each year. There can be many reasons for this, but amongst these is sheer carelessness. The nature of takeaway meals is that they are prepared quickly, usually to fulfil a high demand such as weekend crowds. Where the emphasis is on getting meals prepared hastily, staff will inevitably take shortcuts. Failure to regularly wash hands is one way in which bacteria can very easily be transmitted to food. Dishes left uncovered will also harbour bacteria.
Claiming the compensation you may be due
If you have suffered from the effects of poor hygiene, you will know how unpleasant the situation can be. If you have reason to believe that someone else’s negligence is to blame, then you may well have wondered how to go about making some claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline have been dealing with cases just like this for more than 15 years. By calling our free hotline on 0800 689 0500, your details are taken by our team of qualified compensation claims advisors, who will help you to decide what to do next.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown