Recent figures reveal that in excess of 1,100 food premises in Wales have received a hygiene rating of zero or one. The information showed that there were the most zero-rated premises in Bridgend (a total of 11), with nine in Powys and Rhondda Cynon Taf respectively. Zero is the lowest score on the five-point food hygiene rating scheme, so these figures may come as a shock. 98 premises out of 1,309 in Swansea also received a zero or one rating.
Plaid Cymru collected the figures and had this to say, “The system of publishing food hygiene ratings on the Food Standards Agency website and at food establishments gives the consumer the information they need to decide which premises they will use.”
A spokeswoman from the Food Standards Agency claimed hygiene standards for food businesses had improved since the introduction of the rating scheme in October 2010. She also commented, “Businesses given a rating of one or zero must make urgent or major improvements to hygiene standards.” By law, all food businesses in Wales must display their hygiene rating – this puts the consumer’s mind at ease and enables them to make a more informed choice.
Have you suffered from food poisoning?
Whether you have experienced food poisoning after dining at a local restaurant or have been struck down after ordering and consuming a takeaway meal, you’ll know that the symptoms are no laughing matter and can often be extremely serious. Symptoms usually develop within one to three days, although can often appear much faster and include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhoea. Food establishments may have stored food incorrectly or failed to cook it properly – contamination can also occur if food is handled by somebody with dirty hands or if food is used after its ‘use-by’ date. Whilst most cases of food poisoning resolve themselves, you should seek medical attention if your symptoms linger for more than a couple of days.
Claiming compensation for food poisoning
If you’ve suffered from food poisoning after dining at or buying food from a local establishment, you may be considering claiming compensation. You’ll need the services of a reputable personal injury lawyer, so call Accident Advice Helpline today. With experience in the industry, we have dealt with hundreds of claims for food poisoning related compensation, so we can offer you expert advice. Our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee** basis, so there’s no need to worry about paying upfront fees – just pick up the phone and call us today for confidential, no-obligation advice.
Source: Wales Online
Date Published: May 12, 2014
Author: David Brown