Whenever you go to a restaurant or other type of food outlet, you would expect the food you are given there to be fit for consumption. Thankfully the vast majority of restaurant owners and takeaway owners, not to mention those who own other similar premises, will make sure all their food is of excellent quality. This includes adhering to any sell-by dates that are on the packaging. If anyone is served out-of-date food, it can potentially lead to food poisoning.
Most food is only good for a certain period of time. Some foods, such as those that are canned for example, can last far longer than others. Some may have a ‘best before’ date rather than a ‘use by’ date for example. However we have come across cases here at Accident Advice Helpline where people have been made ill by being served out-of-date food.
What may happen once food goes beyond its date?
Bacteria can potentially form and multiply on a wide variety of foods. Storing food properly will ensure it is kept in good condition up to the date it should be used by. However if the food is kept beyond this date there is the potential that it could be dangerous to eat. It may contain bacteria that starts to multiply and when the person eats it, it could end up becoming dangerous and causing food poisoning to occur.
Of course many foods taste ‘off’ when we eat them and they are past that date. However it is not always easy to tell if this is the case. We must trust those who provide the food to us when we go there. Accident Advice Helpline has heard from people who have been given food that is unfit for consumption and have become ill as a result.
Suffering the consequences
A bout of food poisoning will usually involve some unpleasant symptoms that will keep a person away from school or work for a few days. It may take longer for them to regain their full feeling of health. In other circumstances the symptoms may last longer still.
Going through an experience like this is never pleasant. It can however feel worse if you know you were not to blame, and the food came from an outlet that should have provided safe and edible food. Call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 to learn more.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown