The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a new report which reaffirms that campylobacter in chicken and other poultry is the top cause of food poisoning. The report estimates around half a million food poisoning instances occur annually in the UK, with campylobacter thought to be responsible for around 280,000 cases, of which 244,000 are caused by poultry.
It is important to bear in mind that the number of food poisoning cases reported to doctors and hospitals is only a small percentage of the true number of people affected, as many people recover without medical treatment. The study estimated the actual number of cases in the UK and looked at which other pathogens, in addition to campylobacter, were responsible. Clostridium perfringens was thought to be responsible for 80,000 cases of food poisoning, whilst around 2,500 cases of salmonella are reported every year – salmonella is also responsible for the highest number of hospital admissions.
Steve Wearne, the FSA’s director of policy, commented, “Reduction of campylobacter is our top food safety policy, and that is borne out by this research. We recently revised our campylobacter strategy and we, in collaboration with industry, must now push on to find the solutions that will stop so many people getting ill.”
With campylobacter remaining the top cause of food poisoning in the UK, more needs to be done to tackle the problem .
Have you become ill after eating poultry?
Campylobacter can cause symptoms including fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea and can occur in undercooked poultry or poultry which has not been stored correctly. It could also be caused by poor hygiene such as lack of hand washing. If you have been struck down by food poisoning caused by poultry, you may be suffering ongoing symptoms that require medical attention, or you may be ill for a few days before recovering. However, you have been affected, you could be eligible to claim compensation if the establishment in question has been negligent and breached food hygiene regulations.
Claiming compensation for campylobacter poisoning
There is a time limit in place for claiming compensation for food poisoning and this is usually three years. So it’s a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, to establish who is to blame for your food poisoning and whether or not you’re eligible to claim compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline today and we will usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether or not your claim is viable, or why not take the 30-second test on our website to find out how much you could claim?
Source: The Guardian
Date Published: July 21, 2014
Author: David Brown