Attendees at the Food Safety Summit, which took place from April 8th – 10th at the Baltimore Convention Center, thought they were attending an informative day filled with information on food safety. It’s fair to say that they certainly weren’t expecting what happened next! After the summit, one in four people came down with gastroenteritis which is thought to have been caused by a suspected outbreak of food poisoning.
After the 1,300 attendees consumed food served at the event, more than 100 people came forward to report falling ill, with the outbreak of gastroenteritis leaving many conference attendees suffering from nausea and diarrhoea. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene wrote to those affected, reassuring them that they were in the process of carrying out thorough tests to identify the source of the issue.
It seems ironic that amongst those who fell ill at the Food Safety Summit were members of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and staff from the Food and Drug Administration. This just goes to show that food poisoning can happen anywhere, at any time and even those working in the food safety industry are not immune!
Have you suffered from suspected food poisoning?
Food poisoning is usually caused by eating contaminated food and symptoms start within one to three days in most cases. Symptoms can include stomach cramps, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. If food has not been stored or cooked properly, or consumed after its ‘use by’ date, this could lead to food poisoning, as could handling food with dirty hands. Most people get better without treatment by resting and drinking plenty of fluids, but occasionally food poisoning can be more severe. If you experience vomiting for more than two days, a high temperature of more than 38 degrees centigrade or diarrhoea which lasts more than three days, you should seek medical advice.
Claiming compensation for food poisoning
Whilst there’s not a lot you can do if you’ve experienced food poisoning after a bad experience cooking dinner at home, if your food poisoning occurs after eating at a restaurant or other public place you could claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today and we can offer you advice and guide you through the claims process. We’re recommended by our patron, Esther Rantzen, UK consumer champion and TV personality and our friendly team of expert personal injury lawyers are waiting to take your call. Call our freephone helpline today and see how we can help you claim compensation for food poisoning.
Date Published: May 10, 2014
Author: David Brown