Many parents send their children to school to have a hot meal while they are there. It is one way of ensuring a child has a good meal at lunch time to keep them going throughout the school day. No parent would expect their child to fall ill because they had a meal at school, and thankfully such cases of school food poisoning are very rare indeed. However, just because they are rare it doesn’t mean they never happen.
Accident Advice Helpline has spoken to parents of children who have suffered from school food poisoning as a result of eating a hot or cold meal there. Food poisoning should not be possible if conditions in the kitchens are ideal and follow all food safety rules. However there is the potential that things can sometimes go wrong.
How can food poisoning occur?
Food poisoning often happens when food has not been stored properly or at the right temperature. It may have been left at room temperature for too long, enabling harmful bacteria to multiply and spread throughout the food. In other cases it is possible for different types of foods to be prepared in the same area, which can lead to cross-contamination.
In some cases school food poisoning has affected several children at the same school. This is understandable given how food can be eaten by several people. Accident Advice Helpline has managed claims where a number of people have been affected at the same place.
Symptoms of food poisoning
Symptoms will commonly include stomach cramps, sickness and diarrhoea as well. In some other cases people may also suffer from fever and associated symptoms, but most of the time the symptoms are all self-limiting and will disappear in a day or two. It is particularly important to ensure children do not become dehydrated – this can happen with adults too but children can experience particularly nasty symptoms in some cases.
In a situation where food poisoning seems to have been contracted from a school meal, it is a good idea to make sure you contact Accident Advice Helpline. This will ensure the proper no-obligation advice is given regarding your own individual situation. Call us on 0800 689 0500 now and find out more about whether you could make a claim on behalf of your child. If you can, you’ll soon find out what the process to claim will be.