Going out to a restaurant is usually something saved for special occasions, particularly at Christmas, when you are celebrating with family and friends or attending the office party. When you eat at a restaurant, you expect the food to be tasty and carefully prepared – the last thing you expect is to be struck down by restaurant food poisoning at Christmas.
Symptoms of food poisoning can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to show up – in some cases it may be longer, and they can include:
- Stomach cramps
In children and the elderly, or anyone who is already unwell, food poisoning could become serious as they are more likely to become dehydrated. For most people, symptoms resolve within a few days – if you are still experiencing vomiting or diarrhoea after 48 hours, you should make an appointment to see your GP, as you may need treatment. In some cases, symptoms can cause stomach cramps or nausea for weeks, months or even years.
What causes food poisoning?
There are a number of things which could lead to restaurant food poisoning at Christmas, including:
- Food being improperly stored
- Cooked and raw meat or poultry being stored together, causing contamination
- Food used past its sell-by date
- Meat or poultry not cooked properly
- Frozen food not defrosted before cooking
- Poor hygiene such as dirty kitchen surfaces or staff failing to wash their hands
- Faulty fridge or food storage equipment
If you have been affected by food poisoning, you should contact the restaurant where you ate to let them know – you may also want to contact your local authority’s environmental health department. You’ll need to contact a personal injury lawyer to find out whether you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation, and a three-year time limit usually applies.Open Claim Calculator
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