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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

    Health and Safety News

    Take-away salmonella outbreak shuts down Merseyside business

    By David Brown on August 9, 2014

    A take-away in Kirkby was closed last week after an outbreak of salmonella struck down 14 customers. The Woks Cooking takeaway was forced to close its doors after environmental health officers arrived early Monday morning and seized food as part of their investigation, issuing the premises with an Emergency Prohibition Order.

    The 14 people affected by the take-away salmonella outbreak suffered from vomiting, diarrhoea and fever, with one man hospitalised for kidney failure after eating special fried rice from the establishment. Another young woman was diagnosed with food poisoning and had a 40 degree temperature, later being taken to hospital where she was put on morphine. She spent a week in hospital and is still ill.

    The council is in the process of investigating the takeaway and to date 14 cases of salmonella have been confirmed. Salmonella thrives in unhygienic conditions and can be caused by poor hygiene practices such as lack of hand washing, cross-contamination between raw and cooked foods and improper food storage – it can also be caused by failing to cook food properly.

    Have you suffered from salmonella poisoning?

    If you’ve suffered from food poisoning, you’ll be all too familiar with the symptoms: vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps, fever and diarrhoea. Whilst most people recover from food poisoning within a few days, symptoms can persist and in rare cases can be dangerous or even fatal – the elderly and children are most at risk. If vomiting and diarrhoea persist after 48 hours, or if fever is present, it is advised to seek medical attention by visiting your GP or hospital. Contacting your local environmental health department to report the situation is also a good idea as others may have been affected, and the premises in question will need to be investigated, whether you ate at a takeaway or restaurant, or purchased contaminated food from a supermarket or delicatessen.

    Next steps to claiming compensation

    After reporting your food poisoning to the environmental health department of your local council, call Accident Advice Helpline. We’re here to get you the compensation you deserve, and we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers has handled claims for different types of food poisoning, from salmonella to campylobacter, and we offer a 100% no win, no fee service. Why not call us today on our freephone helpline – 0800 689 0500 – to see how we can help you claim compensation.

    Source: Liverpool Echo

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