Gloucestershire landlords fail to follow food safety procedures

David Morgan and Catherine Stevens, landlords of the Golden Heart Inn in Nettleton near Cheltenham, have been fined almost £8,000 after failing to follow food safety procedures. The couple pleaded guilty to failing to implement food safety procedures at the pub and were fined £3,500 each. In total, with costs of £375 each and a victim surcharge of £120, they paid almost £8,000.

In May 2013, the couple catered for a ‘Bollywood’ style event at Birdlip and Brimpsfield Cricket Club, with around 165 people attending. The next day, 70 people contacted Cotswold District Council complaining of food poisoning symptoms. Food Safety Officers from the council inspected the inn, taking environmental and food samples, and discovered the outbreak was due to bacteria called clostridium perfringens, which can cause abdominal cramps and diarrhoea.

We like to think we are safe when eating food which has been prepared by someone else, but poor food hygiene standards could easily lead to food poisoning. If you have been unlucky enough to be struck down by food poisoning after attending an event or dining at your local pub, you may be able to claim compensation for your suffering.

What to do if you are struck down by food poisoning

If you or a member of your family suffers food poisoning symptoms, there’s no need to worry. In most cases, symptoms such as diarrhoea, nausea, cramps and vomiting should subside within 24 to 48 hours. Drink plenty of fluids and rest to allow your body to recover. It’s also a good idea to complain to your local council’s environmental health department about the establishment you ate at. If you’re still suffering with symptoms after 48 hours, you may need medical treatment – in severe cases, hospitalisation may be needed, or you might have to visit your GP for antibiotics. If you’ve taken time off work to recover, chances are you have suffered loss of earnings, and this will be taken into account if you decide to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

How easy is it to claim compensation?

With the right personal injury lawyer working on your behalf, Accident Advice Helpline believes claiming personal injury compensation shouldn’t be a long, drawn-out process. Most claims can be processed in full over the phone, so it’s unlikely you will need to attend court. What’s more, there are no upfront fees to worry about, as our lawyers work on a 100% ‘no win, no fee’* basis. We aim to make the whole claims process as simple as possible from start to finish. Call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and we’ll talk you through what happens next.

Source: Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard

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