High levels of bacteria in deli meats could lead to food poisoning compensation claims. A study by Adelaide University has revealed that many deli meats from supermarkets are filled with bacteria and would fail food safety guidelines.
The Study looked at 174 samples of packaged deli meats from supermarkets across South Australia – 134 of the samples studied had high levels of bacteria and didn’t meet industry guidelines. The study’s results will be presented at a conference in Perth this week. Although there was no evidence of food poisoning bugs in the meat studied (such as salmonella and E-Coli), the amount of bacteria discovered implies that poor hygiene standards were in place; this could lead to contamination and food poisoning.
The deli meats with the highest quantities of bacteria were roast pork, fritz and sliced salami, whilst chicken and ham had lower levels of bacteria. However, 75% of the chicken and ham samples still failed to meet food safety standards. Around 15% of samples were infected with coliform bacteria – this could mean faecal contamination, caused by lack of adequate hand washing.
Professor Michael Reichel of the University urged retailers and supermarkets to review their staff compliance and processes and suggested it would be beneficial to carry out more microbiological tests to reduce the risk of food poisoning compensation claims.
Food poisoning symptoms
As anyone who has been struck down by food poisoning knows, the symptoms are far from pleasant. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps can all occur, usually lasting for a few days. Food poisoning can be extremely dangerous to children, the elderly and infirm. If your symptoms last beyond a couple of days, you should see your GP – it’s also worthwhile considering claiming compensation if you have been struck down after eating at a restaurant, consuming takeaway food or eating pre-packaged food from your local supermarket.
Claiming for food poisoning compensation
If you are considering claiming compensation for food poisoning, it’s a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer. Accident Advice Helpline is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and we’re recommended by our patron, Esther Rantzen, so you know you can rely on us to handle your claim individually and professionally. All our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis and we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. So whether you have suffered from food poisoning after eating food from a supermarket or have experienced sickness after dining at a restaurant, we can help you.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown