When you eat out, you probably rarely stop to think about food hygiene. Takeaways, restaurants, pubs, burger vans – anywhere that serves food to members of the public has to hold a food hygiene certification. The dangers of poor food hygiene could leave you seriously ill – and in case you’re wondering what dangers those are, here we have a few examples.
What’s the worst that could happen?
- Food poisoning. This is probably one of the main dangers of poor food hygiene. Failing to wash your hands before you prepare food, preparing food on dirty surfaces or cross-contamination between cooked and raw meat could cause food poisoning which could leave you suffering from vomiting, diarrhoea and fever.
- Slip injuries. If you work in a restaurant or pub kitchen, poor food hygiene could mean that other members of staff don’t clear up spillages on the floor. This could lead to a slipping accident which could leave you seriously injured – for example you could bang your head, sprain your ankle or break your wrist.
- Pest infestation. Poor food hygiene in a commercial kitchen could attract pests such as mice, rats or cockroaches. These can lay droppings in food which can contaminate it, causing food poisoning. An establishment with a pest infestation could be held liable if its customers become ill as a result of eating there.
- Campylobacter poisoning. This is one of the most common types of food poisoning, usually caused by consuming contaminated chicken that has not been cooked properly. Washing raw poultry under the tap can spread campylobacter bacteria, as can storing cooked and raw poultry in the same containers or using the same chopping boards and knives to prepare both.
- Gastroenteritis outbreaks. Common at holiday resorts and on cruise ships, gastroenteritis can be transmitted through poor food hygiene practices, such as staff not washing their hands properly before handling, preparing or serving food.
Claiming compensation after being affected by poor food hygiene
Establishments serving food have a duty to meet food hygiene standards, otherwise they could be closed down. Make sure you report any food poisoning or illness to the restaurant or takeaway in question – you may also wish to contact your local council’s environmental health department. Then call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 5659 to find out if you could make a no win no fee claim for personal injury compensation. We have over 15 years’ experience handling personal injury claims and can help you get the compensation you deserve.