A pub in Frogmore, South Hams has been handed a record fine after a wedding reception food poisoning outbreak affected the majority of guests. The guests at the wedding – some of whom were police officers – fell ill with sickness and diarrhoea after eating at the Globe Inn last year. The newlyweds were also affected which led inspectors to pay a visit to the establishment. The pub was found to have breached food hygiene laws and found failures which had the potential to make people unwell. Food was unfit for human consumption and dirty towels and sponges were reported to be ‘riddled with bacteria’. The owners John and Linda Horsley admitted to three counts of breaching food hygiene laws and were each fined £4,000. They were also ordered to pay £1,798 in costs which, in total, amounts to the biggest food safety fine handed out by South Hams Council.
The couple did alert authorities the next day about complaints of food poisoning and pleaded guilty to placing unsafe food on the market and failing to keep a clean establishment. They also pleaded guilty to failing to have a food safety management system in place. The authorities made recommendations to the couple which they have since followed and received a good report from inspectors in December.
Food safety management systems
A food safety management system must be put in place by every establishment or hospitality company which serves food to the public. This involves isolating the potential hazards and putting controls in place to ensure that the public are not put at risk of illness. This wedding reception food poisoning case demonstrates how easily a lack of food safety management can cause illness among several people which can ruin a celebratory event like this. If you have been struck down with food poisoning at an event or as a result of eating suspect food, you can contact Accident Advice Helpline to discuss claiming compensation.
Making your claim
Food poisoning can be very serious, especially among those who are suffering from a current health condition. If you wish to claim compensation for your illness and distress, call Accident Advice Helpline free on our 24-hour helpline to discuss your case. We offer no-obligation advice over the phone and will take you step by step through the claims process at no initial cost to you. Don’t suffer in silence; you could prevent a similar bout of poisoning from happening to someone else.