Whenever you go out to a restaurant or café, or buy food from a supermarket or other food outlet, you are putting your trust in the people who run those businesses. You are putting your trust in their ability to observe all food safety laws so you can eat whatever you buy from them safely and with no ill effects.
Fortunately slack food hygiene practices are rare nowadays. Every council has its own food safety team that goes round inspecting various food outlets and businesses to ensure they are in good condition and are not breaking any rules. This alone keeps the odds of anyone falling ill to a minimum.
What kinds of slack food hygiene practices could potentially happen?
There are all kinds of things that might happen here. For example different foods should be prepared using different chopping boards to minimise the risk of cross-contamination. Raw and cooked foods should also always be kept out of the way of each other for the same reason. The premises and locations in which food is kept, stored and prepared should also be in good condition so nothing can potentially contaminate the food.
In some cases though, these measures are not followed. Cases where slack food hygiene practices have caused people to suffer food poisoning have been brought to the attention of companies including Accident Advice Helpline in the past. In some cases it is easy to prove that negligence was behind the illness in one or more people in the area.
Following food safety rules to the letter
Clearly there are all kinds of rules and regulations that are relevant to this particular business. As such it is easy for the majority of businesses to do everything they can to follow and exceed them all. With their customers firmly in mind most business owners in this area will be able to provide outstanding services at all times.
It is indeed rare that you would come across a food-related business that is negligent in its duties. However it can happen and when it does there is the chance one or more individuals could fall ill.
If you have been one of those people, why not take the 30-second online test we’ve lined up for you here at Accident Advice Helpline? Other than that a quick call to 0800 689 0500 will get you access to no-obligation advice.