A recent study has found that 44% of adults wash raw chicken before cooking as part of their preparation. However, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned that this could lead to the spread of infection due to contaminated water droplets. Splashing from the process of washing could spread the Campylobacter strain of bacteria onto hands, cooking utensils and work surfaces. This could cause indirect food poisoning from chicken as Campylobacter infection results in stomach cramps, fever, diarrhoea and feeling unwell. It can lead to long-term health problems through complications including irritable bowel syndrome. It is recommended that hands must be washed after touching raw chicken and raw meat in general and thorough cooking is important to avoid contracting food-borne illnesses. However, this study indicated that people still see washing chicken as standard practice when preparing the food for cooking. The FSA has since been working with farmers to minimise the levels of Campylobacter in chicken flocks and slaughterhouses. Food poisoning can cause short-term and long-term health issues therefore, chefs and those who like to home cook should ensure that food is handled and prepared in such a way that prevents cross-contamination from pathogens.
Making a claim for food poisoning
Suffering food poisoning from chicken is just one example of illness from inadequately prepared food. Food hygiene regulations are in place to ensure that food is stored, prepared and cooked in the correct manner in order to avoid food-borne illness from pathogens. If you visit a restaurant and suffer from food poisoning, the food you were served may not have been prepared according to regulation. Should you have suffered an illness due to negligence while cooking or preparing food, you could be eligible for a cash payout and can contact Accident Advice Helpline for help.
Claiming compensation for illness
A food or water-borne illness can cause health issues therefore, you can claim compensation where you have been the victim of negligence. If there is evidence that you sustained an illness because someone else was at fault, you can contact Accident Advice Helpline. Either begin your claim by taking our 30-second test online or give us a call on our free 24-hour helpline to speak to one of our experts regarding your case. You could win a substantial payout if you have suffered long-term health issues as a result of inadequately prepared, stores or cooked food and we operate under a no win, no fee* policy so you don’t need to worry about your financial situation to contact us.