For most people, food poisoning is just that – an illness caused by eating food that wasn’t stored, prepared or cooked properly, or from food that was past its use-by date. Few people ever think about the nature of the bacteria that has made them ill. For example, if you’ve been poorly recently, you may not know whether you had Bacillus cereus food poisoning.
There are signs that might point to these bacteria being responsible though. We’ll look at them here so you can see whether this could have been the guilty party in your case.
What is Bacillus cereus food poisoning?
This bacterium tends to produce symptoms quite quickly after you ingest it. You tend to get either diarrhoea or sickness from this, as there are two types you can get. If you feel nauseous and sick after eating something, and this happens within half an hour to six hours of eating the offending food, Bacillus cereus food poisoning could be to blame.
If you are affected by diarrhoea around six to 15 hours after eating something, you could have the other version of this bacterium. It is generally a 24-hour condition whichever type you get though, so it is quick to pass. That doesn’t make the illness any more bearable though, as you may feel quite weak for some time after you recover from the worst symptoms. Clearly, avoiding the illness in the first place is the best way to proceed.
Finding out about the chance of claiming compensation
When you eat out at a restaurant or grab a takeaway from your favourite outlet, you are getting a meal you hope you will enjoy. You trust those in charge of cooking it to stick to all the food safety rules so you don’t become ill. Most do a great job.
If this didn’t happen in your case, and you ended up with Bacillus cereus food poisoning, you should call Accident Advice Helpline as quickly as you can. The sooner you do so, the sooner you can discover if compensation could be won for you by one of our lawyers. We don’t just deal with accidents, so call 0800 689 0500 now, or try 0333 500 0993 from any mobile. There could be evidence of other people being ill as well, so make sure you can learn whether a claim could work out for you.
Date Published: November 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead