The inspection of a butcher’s mobile business by environmental health officers led to a £1,500 fine for the butcher concerned after a number of packages were discovered to be unfit to eat. Officers from Halton Council inspected the van used by Craig Boardman after receiving a complaint from an individual back in October 2014. Mr Boardman was subsequently taken to court for food hygiene offences. He admitted the offences in court and received the fine as a result.
While standards in food hygiene are generally very high, there are occasions when they can fall below the standards that are required. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have dealt with a variety of cases over the years in which people have been made ill through food poisoning owing to eating meat from poorly maintained sources.
Five offences highlighted by environmental health officers
The inspection mentioned above led to five offences being discovered. Vacuum-packed meat products, savoury ducks and vacuum-packed cheeses were all found to be potentially harmful. White and black puddings were also found to have been offered for sale despite the fact that the use-by date had passed.
It is this type of situation that may potentially lead to the chance of contracting food poisoning. When someone comes to us at Accident Advice Helpline for information about a case of food poisoning, we would typically investigate to see if evidence of this nature was present. It can help support a no win no fee case as it goes through the court system.
250 kg of food was destroyed
Magistrates discovered that this quantity of food had been unfit for people to consume. Much had not been refrigerated at all. A spokesman for the environmental health department said that the trader had already been warned several times about the correct storage procedures that needed to be provided. However, following several complaints from people who had come across or bought from the trader, he was taken to court.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide a no win no fee claims process that is straightforward and easy to understand. If you have had food poisoning caused by circumstances similar to those mentioned above, call us on 0800 689 0500 now to see whether you can make a claim. Our advisors can provide you with the information you require and support a possible claim. You may have good cause to try and get compensation.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown