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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Is food poisoning common in the UK?

    We all know people who’ve eaten something and then fallen ill afterwards. Maybe this has happened to you, too. So, is food poisoning common in this country, and if so, what can we do to reduce the number of people who get it each year?

    Firstly, it won’t surprise you to learn it is common. Thousands of people get food poisoning each year, caused by one of a few bacteria, not to mention viruses such as the norovirus (sometimes called the winter vomiting bug, because it is more prevalent in winter).

    Why is food poisoning common?

    Very often, most cases of food poisoning could be prevented if people took greater care over the way they handle, store, prepare and cook food. Most of us have risked eating chicken that’s a day past its date, or failed to prepare food properly, or defrosted meat on a shelf above some salad or other foods, so the juices drip onto them and infect them.

    However, while most of us can get caught out this way from time to time, it’s harder to come to terms with a case of food poisoning when it is caused by someone else. For instance, visiting a restaurant and falling ill because you ate something there that wasn’t cooked properly is a horrible experience, and one that can put you off going there again.

    What should you do if you fall ill from eating food supplied by a third party?

    If you got food from a takeaway or a restaurant, or you ate a wedding buffet or similar hot or cold food buffet at another outlet, maybe even at work, you could win a compensation claim if food safety laws were not adhered to. Accident Advice Helpline can help you find out whether that was the case for you.

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    Calling us couldn’t be easier; call 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of the team. It’s easy to call from a mobile too, on 0333 500 0993. We’ve been assisting people with claiming compensation for injuries and illnesses such as food poisoning since 2000, when we first started our business. Maybe we can help you too. If you’re asking is food poisoning common, the chances are you’re asking because you’ve had it, and now you want to know whether claiming for the symptoms is common too. Call now to see what happens next.

    Date Published: November 23, 2016

    Author: Allison Whitehead

    Category: Food poisoning claims

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