Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s recently banned Portland Scallops from being sold in its stores across the UK. Tests showed the Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) toxin was present in high levels in mussels found in the harbour area.
Sainsbury’s doesn’t sell oysters, and the chain insisted that their Scottish-sourced mussels were safe to eat, as well as scallops that were already stocked in store. The ASP toxin can pose a public health risk if a sufficient quantity of it is consumed – in extremely rare cases it can even cause death. The Food Standards Agency revealed that many harvesting areas along the Atlantic coast had been affected, although Portland is the only one to have closed so far; other areas are still being monitored.
Samways Fish Merchants, a major supplier of Portland Scallops, expressed their concerns that this ‘high-value’ product has been affected. Every batch they sell is being tested and as yet no high ASP levels have been detected. In addition to this, more rigorous cleaning of molluscs in areas such as Lyme Bay is taking place. Sainsbury’s are right to be concerned about the presence of the ASP toxin, as this could lead to a rise in food poisoning compensation claims from consumers.
Have you been poisoned by shellfish?
It’s estimated that as many as 5.5 million people are struck down with food poisoning each year in the UK, with shellfish or seafood accounting for many of these cases. If you have purchased scallops, mussels or other shellfish from your local supermarket and been struck down with food poisoning, you should get in touch with the store to let them know – you may find other people have been affected too. Symptoms of food poisoning can include nausea, sickness, stomach cramps and diarrhoea, and usually last for several days. If you’ve been affected by food poisoning, you may wish to consider claiming compensation.
Claiming compensation for food poisoning
When it comes to claiming food poisoning compensation, contact Accident Advice Helpline. We have over 13 years’ experience handling personal injury claims and have helped hundreds of people to get the compensation they deserve after being struck down by food poisoning. We don’t charge any upfront fees – all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis and we offer confidential advice, with no obligation to proceed with a claim. If you’re wondering whether you could be eligible to claim compensation, today is the day to call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out more.
Source: BBC News