Food poisoning affects around 500,000 people in the UK each year, but what are the most common food poisoning bacteria and where can you find them? Salmonella, Campylobacter and E.coli are the three most common food poisoning bacteria, found in meat and dairy products – campylobacter is usually found in chicken. All these bacteria can be killed by cooking food thoroughly, which is why good food hygiene is so important.
You can check the food hygiene rating of any restaurant or bar that serves food online before going out to eat, and at home you can make sure you practise good habits to avoid cross-contamination which could lead to food poisoning. But if the worst has already happened and you’ve suffered food poisoning after eating out, you could find you’re able to claim personal injury compensation.
What symptoms can food poisoning bacteria cause?
Food poisoning can lead to symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and fever, and can sometimes cause muscle aches and headaches too. Most people will recover within a week, and medical attention isn’t normally needed. However, there are times when people need to see their GP, normally when symptoms persist for more than a few days, as this can lead to severe dehydration. Here are a few examples of how food poisoning can occur:
- Cross-contamination between cooked and raw meat
- Preparing food on dirty work surfaces
- Not cooking meat or fish properly
- Eating contaminated seafood or eggs
- Washing raw meat under a tap which can cause cross-contamination
- Failing to wash your hands properly
If poor food hygiene at a restaurant has caused you to develop food poisoning, the restaurant could be held liable and you could make a claim for compensation with Accident Advice Helpline.
Personal injury compensation for food poisoning
Whether your food poisoning has been caused by Campylobacter, E.coli, Salmonella or another type of bacteria, we can help you make a claim for personal injury compensation. When you go out to eat, the last thing you expect is to be struck down by food poisoning, so you are entitled to compensation if this has happened to you. To find out right now how much you could claim, you can take the 30-second test™ on our website.