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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    The dangers of leaving food in a container too long


    Leaving food in a container too long can cause a number of health problems. If you are served food of this nature in a restaurant, food poisoning is probably not far behind. What are the main dangers of leaving food in a container too long? The main danger of leaving food in a container for….

    Is it safe to keep a freezer in an outside building?


    Unless your outside building is heated, keeping a freezer in an outside building could be risky. Here is why. Dangers of keeping a freezer in an outside building When you keep a freezer in an outside building that has no heating, low ambient temperatures could prevent the freezer from working effectively by: Preventing the freezer’s….

    Should you reheat BBQ food?


    ContentsShould you reheat BBQ food?Preventing barbecue accidentsThe sun is shining and the holidays are on the horizon. This can only mean one thing: barbecue season is just around the corner. If you’re a fan of entertaining or you fancy yourself as king or queen of the grill, it’s a good idea to bear some simple….

    The dangers of food prepping


    The dangers of food prepping are both numerous and varied. There is both the threat of accidents at work and causing illnesses like food poisoning to customers. Food prep chefs are skilled professionals who do an extremely important job. Ensuring all the food is ready to go improves the efficiency of cooking and the quality….

    Can you claim if your hotel food gives you food poisoning?


    Hotels have a duty of care towards you to prevent personal injuries. This includes maintaining adequate food hygiene standards to prevent food poisoning outbreaks. If hotel food gives you food poisoning and ruins your holiday, you could be entitled to make a food poisoning injury claim. What to do when hotel food gives you food….

    The dangers of eating out of date food


    Eating out of date food, according to some, is perfectly fine. Some say it’s an effective way of preventing waste and ensuring you get the best value for money from your shop. Others say that eating out of date food can make you seriously ill and pose significant health risks. Eating out of date food….

    Can you claim against a supermarket if you buy out of date products?


    If you buy out of date products and are subsequently taken ill, can you make an illness claim? The short answer is yes, but it depends on a few things. What’s the law if you want to buy out of date products? The ‘reduced to clear’ sections of various shops are often home to some….

    3 foods you should never reheat


    There are some foods you should never reheat. Reheating certain foods can cause food poisoning and other significant illnesses. They will also not taste very nice at all. Suffering from food poisoning is a seriously unpleasant experience. Whether you’ve eaten bad food in a restaurant or taken a risk with some ingredients at home, the….

    Signs of food poisoning


    Most of the time, we go out for a meal, enjoy the food and the company, and plan our next visit. Sadly, going to a restaurant is not always a positive experience. If you’ve experienced signs of food poisoning after eating out or ordering a takeaway, you may be able to claim compensation. Nobody wants….

    What to do if you fall ill on a ferry


    Carrying hundreds, if not thousands of passengers every day, today’s ferries are basically floating hotels. Catering for their passengers’ creature comforts with multiple buffet-style eateries, dining rooms, lounges and bars, they are sadly also occasionally scenes of food poisoning outbreaks. Here is what you should do if you fall ill on a ferry. When you….

    Ill on a cruise due to food or uncleanliness


    The Athens Convention brought into force in the UK in 1996 states that cruise operators owe their passengers a duty of care to prevent food poisoning outbreaks and personal injuries. Operating in favour of consumers (the operator/carrier is automatically presumed to be at fault unless proven otherwise). If uncleanliness or contaminated food made you ill….

    How to test if meat is cooked through


    In an ideal world, you should always test if meat is cooked through by using a suitable kitchen thermometer or similar apparatus. However, life is rarely perfect and not everyone owns a kitchen thermometer. It is possible to test if meat is cooked properly by using one of the methods described below. The palm/finger test To….

    How to properly store red meat in a fridge


    Coming from animals, meat may contain bacteria that could make you ill. Bacteria will multiply rapidly at temperatures between 70 and 100 degrees F (21.11 to 37.78 degrees C). This growth slows significantly at temperatures ranging between 34 and 40 degrees F (1.11 to 4.45 degrees C). It is therefore vital to properly store red….

    How to properly store fish in a fridge


    Unlike meat, fish very quickly perishes even when it is stored in a fridge. Knowing how to properly store fish in a fridge is, therefore, vital in the prevention of food-related poisoning and infections. How to store fish in a fridge Fish must be kept at temperatures not exceeding 32 degrees F (zero degrees C)….

    Top 5 food safety tips


    Many of us like to cook at home. If you’re the house chef, food safety should always be a priority. Every time you rustle up a meal, it’s important to think about the way you store, prepare, and cook food. Here is a rundown of the top 5 food safety tips that you can follow at home to….

    Using a slow cooker


    Using a slow cooker correctly is extremely important, as the food cooked within it may otherwise be contaminated with food poisoning bacteria, which thrives in temperatures between 4.45 and 60 degrees Celsius (40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit). This temperature range is generally referred to as the ‘danger zone‘. Using a slow cooker The following tips….

    Is fish caught in the common edible?


    It appears that most freshwater fish caught in the UK, whether it is fish caught in the common or in any of the country’s rivers and lakes is edible, according to Flyfishing.co.uk. However, some fish may taste a little odd. Carp, for example, is said to taste muddy, although it is considered to be a delicacy in some countries, such….

    5 tips to avoid food poisoning


    While some locations are more high risk than others, wherever you travel to in the world, there is always a chance that you will suffer from a stomach bug. That being said, an awareness of this risk is the first step to minimising your chance suffering an illness abroad, giving you the opportunity to swot….

    Is it safe to eat raw seafood?


    If you’’re heading out for a meal, the last thing you want is to end up with an upset stomach. Many people enjoy some forms of raw seafood, but there’’s always a risk of food poisoning. If you’’ve suffered food poisoning after eating out, or you’’ve had a slip, trip or fall in a restaurant, you may….

    Treating severe food poisoning


    When on holiday, the last thing that you want to experience is holiday illness. Many people do suffer from an unsettled stomach during their time abroad, however, treating severe food poisoning is an entirely different story, especially when barriers can make seeking medical assistance particularly difficult. If you have been caught in the unfortunate position of treating….

    Are there any fish I can’t eat?


    Generally speaking, we consider fish to be the ultimate health food. High in protein, low in fat, loaded with Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, what could go wrong? Yet, in fact, there are many issues surrounding eating fish that aren’’t really spoken of. Some favourites including swordfish, for example, are, well, fishy. If you are heading off abroad,….

    True of false? You can still get food poisoning from vegetarian food


    Many people associate food poisoning exclusively with meat, meat products and fish. There are, however, many other high risk foods, including food poisoning from vegetarian food. Often requiring little or no treatment or preparation, these foods provide perfect breeding grounds for various types of food poisoning bacteria. Such foods include, for instance:        Coconuts, dairy products, eggs….

    What causes food poisoning?


    According to recent figures published by the Food Standards Agency, there are a massive ‘500,000 cases of food poisoning a year from known pathogens’. What’’s even more alarming is that we don’’t even know the half of it, quite literally, with this number estimated to double ‘if it included food poisoning cases from unknown pathogens’. Clearly, we are still….

    Dangers from fridges with failed seals


    Broken, split or worn seals on a fridge doors mean the doors fail to seal properly, leading to myriad dangers from fridges. Effectively acting like a vacuum, the cold air within the fridge subsequently pulls warm air into the fridge from the surrounding room. As the temperature inside the appliance begins to rise, its motor must work increasingly hard in….

    The aftermath: Dealing with food poisoning


    When you travel abroad, especially to countries further afield, one of the potential travel accidents you may have is food poisoning. Why is food poisoning more likely to occur overseas? The food we experience abroad is often very different from our regular diet. It could be spicier, richer or simply a different ratio of meat….

    How does the law deal with food poisoning?


    Food poisoning is an umbrella term used to describe conditions which arise as the result of having consumed food that has been infected with one of many types of bacteria. In most cases, food poisoning is not serious and will clear up by itself, however it can be an extremely debilitating illness to children, the….

    Are restaurants liable for food poisoning?


    The 1987 Consumer Protection Act legally binds retailers to sell products that are free of bacteria likely to trigger food poisoning. If it can be proven that this was not the case, affected people can hold restaurants liable for food poisoning. Holding restaurants liable for food poisoning Essentially, when someone suffers food poisoning and they can prove….

    Rules behind food poisoning and compensation


    Food poisoning is caused by contaminated food items, water or other drinks. Contaminants may, for example, consist of: Campylobacter E. Coli Hepatitis A virus Listeria Salmonella Ranging from mild to severe, even fatal, food poisoning symptoms depend on the bacteria or virus present within the contaminated food and the affected individual’s general health. The age….

    How to treat an allergic reaction to peanuts


    A severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis is a life-threatening medical emergency which requires immediate treatment. Symptoms to watch out for are breathing difficulty as the airways block, dizziness and fainting caused by a drop in blood pressure. This allergic reaction is often accompanied by a red, itchy rash and swelling, something that can also happen….

    Claiming for food poisoning after a night out


    Food poisoning can be a nasty thing and a common place for it to occur is when you are on holiday. The reason for this is the different foods you may not have tried don’t always agree with your system and may react worse even if slightly undercooked. Can I  make a claim if I….

    Are fish that are caught in the local common safe to eat?


    Fishing is a popular activity, especially in the summer months, when the days are long and warm. Most people who enjoy fresh fish buy their produce from a supermarket or indulge in a nice meal out at a seafood restaurant, but is it safe to eat fish you catch yourself and can you make a….

    What can you do to treat someone with food poisoning?


    Eating food which has been contaminated by bacteria, parasites or other toxins can cause food poisoning. You will be able to tell you have food poisoning due to the symptoms like abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and headaches. This can often occur when you are abroad as your body gets used to different bacteria that….

    A guest got food poisoning at my wedding, am I liable?


    Your wedding day should be the happiest day of your life and an occasion you’ll remember and cherish forever, but what happens if something goes wrong, a guest suffers a slip, trip or fall or people fall ill with food poisoning? If you are worried about liability for accidents and injuries at your wedding, call….

    Five tips to avoid food poisoning


    According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), in the UK we report more than 500,000 cases of food poisoning each year. With this figure in mind, it seems that we’ve more to worry about than suffering from slips, trips and falls in restaurants. While the humiliation from a fall in public can be hard to….

    How safe are in-flight meals?


    Love them or hate them, in-flight meals are one of the most controversial elements of the package holiday. But even if the thought of plane food doesn’t tickle your fancy, you wouldn’t ever imagine it being the cause of a travel accident compensation claim. Why does food taste so different on an aeroplane? While there’s….

    Dangerous food: Sushi


    Often considered as one of the healthiest choices of cuisine, sushi is becoming an increasingly popular option with diners across the globe. But when you visit a establishment that serves up sushi, is there more to worry about than slips, trips and falls in the restaurant? Just how dangerous is sushi? As many people know,….

    Can you get food poisoning from non-meat products?


    The last thing you want when you set off on holiday is to spend most of your time nursing a stomach ache and suffering from vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration, but sadly, food poisoning is one of the most common holiday ailments, but did you know that it is possible to get food poisoning from non-meat products?….

    Dangerous foods: Uncooked chicken


    Food can be one of life’s great pleasures. However, it can also be very dangerous and at its worst can be fatal. One such food you need to be careful of especially when abroad in order to avoid a travel accident is chicken, or to be more precise uncooked chicken. Why could uncooked chicken cause….

    Five tips to avoid food poisoning


    Dining abroad can be fun and a delicious adventure. There are so many dishes and cuisines that we can’t get at home so to try something different is often exciting. However, different and unusual foods can cause a travel injury such as food poisoning. Here are five tips to avoid food poisoning. Make sure the meat….

    How can I research a restaurant’s contamination records?


    When deciding to eat out at a restaurant, one of the most important factors for potential guests is the health and safety record of a restaurant. Food poisoning can occur as the result of improperly cooked food and can cause serious illness, resulting in an inability to work and a loss of income as a….

    The world’s most dangerous foods: Raw cashews


    Many people pride themselves on being adventurous when it comes to trying new foods, especially when on holiday. Despite its status as a culinary delight, raw cashews are also a major cause of accidents on holiday. Some types of food should never be consumed under any circumstances. In this article, we’ll be having a look….

    How long do the effects of food poisoning last?


    Food poisoning is an illness which occurs when you eat contaminated food. In most cases, food poisoning is caused by bacteria, such as E.coli or salmonella; however, it can also be viral. A common example of viral food poisoning is norovirus. If you’ve developed food poisoning after staying at a hotel or eating at a….

    Bacterial vs viral foodborne illness


    Most cases of foodborne illness is caused by viruses and bacteria. If you’ve been struck down with food poisoning abroad and you developed symptoms after eating out at a hotel, restaurant or bar, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim travel accident compensation. What is the difference between bacterial and viral foodborne illness? The symptoms….

    How should I report my food poisoning case?


    One of the questions that we are regularly confronted with at Accident Advice Helpline is how to correctly report a claim for food poisoning. We strive to make the claim process as straightforward and as transparent as possible. Part of our service includes publishing blog articles like this in order to help our clients better….

    First time traveller? Tips to ensure you’re well prepared


    Travelling for the first time can be a daunting prospect. Tiring and often confusing, as a first time traveller, flying in particular can leave you worried, especially when your journey takes you abroad. Here are a few tips that should help the first time traveller in preparing for their first jaunt across seas.. Pre-travel preparations….

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