New figures released by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have revealed that there are more than one million UK food poisoning cases every year, with half of those caused by unknown pathogens. Whilst campylobacter remains the most common pathogen, with around 280,000 cases reported each year, norovirus and clostridium perfringens were also responsible for a large number of outbreaks, with salmonella causing the highest number of hospital admissions.
In 244,000 cases, poultry was the cause of UK food poisoning cases. Perhaps surprisingly, lamb and beef only caused around 43,000 cases. Researchers discovered that around 10 million cases of infectious intestinal disease each year were not attributed to one specific pathogen. The lead researcher for the study, Professor Sarah O’Brien, of the University of Liverpool, commented, “These findings will help the FSA to target its resources more effectively in tackling food poisoning. They confirm that the FSA is right to put campylobacter at the top of its priority list. It is the biggest food safety problem we have and more needs to be done to tackle it.”
Have you been affected by food poisoning?
Food poisoning can strike anytime, anywhere. Whether you’ve become ill after enjoying a meal from your local takeaway, been sick after dinner at a posh restaurant or even felt unwell after a sandwich at a café, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Symptoms of food poisoning usually develop within 12 to 24 hours and you may feel nauseous and experience fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. In some cases, symptoms persist for more than a few days and medical treatment is needed. If you have suffered food poisoning, it’s important to contact the establishment concerned to let them know, so that others are not similarly affected.
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