Turkey is closely associated with Christmas, but it’s possible to eat turkey all year round if you want to. It’s not very likely you would get food poisoning from turkey, but if you are served turkey cut from a whole bird, there is a chance it may not have been cooked properly all the way through. This is rare, but as some others will know from experience, it can happen.
Poultry quite often contains salmonella, a common type of bacteria that can cause food poisoning. The good news is if the turkey is cooked properly, the bacteria will die during the cooking process and you will not be at risk. However, it is also important that it is handled properly and stored properly, both before and after it is cooked.
Eating out during the festive season
During the run-up to Christmas, many people eat out more than they normally would. Festive events, work dos and other occasions often call for a meal out at a restaurant. Some of these meals may be virtual Christmas dinners, with turkey on the menu as an option.
If you eat a turkey meal at a restaurant, or have a takeaway where turkey is one of the ingredients, you should be fine. However, in a small number of cases, people do suffer food poisoning from eating turkey that has not been cooked properly or has been kept under the wrong conditions.
Has food poisoning from turkey happened to you within the past three years?
Anyone over the age of 18 must make a claim within three years of being made ill by eating a contaminated dish. However, the sooner you claim, the easier it will be to get evidence and to be able to relay what happened to you while everything is fresh in your mind.
While Accident Advice Helpline regularly deals with no-win, no-fee claims relating to all kinds of accidents, our lawyers do deal with food poisoning cases where negligence was involved as well. If you call us on 0800 689 0500, you can chat to someone with experience of advising people in this situation. If you experienced food poisoning from turkey and you want to know if you can claim, you can also use your mobile phone to ring the team on 0333 500 0993. It couldn’t be easier to get in touch.
Date Published: November 23, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead