Mussels – you either love them or you hate them, isn’t that the way it goes? Of course, there are also people who used to like them but haven’t touched them since they were made ill by one or more bad ones. Food poisoning from mussels is no fun, and it can be a nasty experience to go through.
Food poisoning from ingesting contaminated mussels can proceed differently from the typical case of food poisoning. For example, symptoms can come on very quickly – usually within about half an hour. You may experience tingling sensations in your mouth, as numbness can potentially occur in the case of poisoned shellfish.
How safe is shellfish?
There are high standards applied to the farming of shellfish that are destined for human consumption. They must be tested to ensure they do not have high levels of contaminants in them – contaminants that could potentially be dangerous to humans.
While it is technically possible to eat shellfish that has one or more bacterium present, it is more likely to get food poisoning from mussels that have viruses present in them. We’ve all heard of norovirus, and this can be ingested from eating mussels. However, even this will only be a danger if they aren’t cooked as they should be.
What should you do if you have had food poisoning from mussels?
If you ate out, you should make a note of where you had the mussels. It is possible other people fell ill as well, and if you make a compensation claim, your lawyer could gain evidence that others were made ill and that outlet was to blame.
If the thought of making a legal claim is unnerving, don’t worry. The advisors at Accident Advice Helpline will put you at ease by letting you know whether your condition warrants a claim, and how to go about making one. A quick call on 0800 689 0500 is a good idea initially, or you could choose to try our online test to get some answers. Alternatively, if you only have access to a mobile phone rather than a landline, just call us on 0333 500 0993 to find out more. Food poisoning from mussels is not a good experience to have and it could lead to a compensation payment if someone else was to blame for serving undercooked and contaminated shellfish for you to eat.
Date Published: November 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead