Poultry processing factories investigated amid food poisoning scares

In July 2014, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered an investigation at three poultry processing factories, after reports that appeared in the Guardian. The factories, at Scunthorpe, Anglesey and Llangefni, owned by 2 Sisters Food Group, came under scrutiny for hygiene failings with claims that workers boots had come into contact with chicken carcasses, which had then been placed back on the production line.

A review of the available evidence by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) revealed ‘no risk to public health’ but a full safety audit will still be carried out. Faccenda Foods, another firm named in the Guardian’s report, faced claims that it ‘ignored biosecurity rules’. Following the allegations, Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s have launched their own investigations into their supplies of chicken.

Figures from the FSA reveal around 65% of raw chicken is contaminated with campylobacter, the UK’s most common cause of food poisoning, causing 300,000 cases a year in England and Wales. Whilst cooking chicken properly kills the bacteria, which can cause diarrhoea and vomiting, campylobacter is still responsible for 15,000 hospital admissions every year.

Have you been affected by food poisoning?

If you have been struck down by food poisoning after eating contaminated poultry, you’ll know that the symptoms are no laughing matter. Food poisoning symptoms can include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Fever

Whilst symptoms usually resolve themselves within a few days, elderly people and children are most at risk of complications, with symptoms lasting for weeks or months – it may be necessary to see a doctor if you do not feel better within two to three days. Contacting the supermarket or supplier where you bought your poultry (or the restaurant you ate at) is a good idea, as other people may have been affected, and you could be eligible to claim compensation for your suffering.

How we can help

Accident Advice Helpline has dealt with thousands of claims relating to food poisoning, from illness caused by takeaway food to contaminated meat sold at supermarkets. This means we really know what we’re talking about, and we’ve been in the industry over 14 years, so you can trust us to handle your claim for compensation. Why not take the 30-second test on our website, or call us today on our freephone helpline, for confidential, no-obligation advice and the opportunity to discuss your situation with one of our personal injury lawyers? Our helpline is available 24/7 on 0800 689 0500.

Source: The Guardian

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