The recent UK food poisoning outbreak of salmonella enteritidis has affected 247 people in the UK and a further 156 across Europe. The outbreak which has affected those in France, Germany and Austria has been linked to an unidentified egg packing firm in South Germany. It’s thought these contaminated eggs are no longer on the market as it’s likely they have already passed their expiration date, however, more food poisoning cases could still come to light.
The 247 notified cases of salmonella enteritidis in the UK food poisoning outbreak were mostly linked to takeaways and restaurants across England. No conclusive evidence has yet been found to link the cases, but it is likely they are related. The Chairman of the British Egg Industry Council called for tighter controls on imported eggs, urging suppliers to use only eggs which beat the British Lion mark. He commented, “Over the past few years, we have been regularly informed of salmonella outbreaks connected to imported eggs – it is time to stop putting consumers’ health at risk.”
If you have been struck down by food poisoning after eating food from a local takeaway or restaurant, you should always inform the establishment in question, who may carry out their own investigations.
How common is salmonella?
There are over 2,500 different types of salmonella, and the bug is usually found in eggs or chickens. Symptoms of food poisoning can include diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach cramps, headaches and fever. If your symptoms continue for more than 24 hours, you may need to contact a doctor for medical treatment. In rare cases, hospitalisation may be needed – this is more likely in very young children, the elderly or infirm.
Claiming compensation for salmonella poisoning
Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you have been affected by salmonella poisoning. We can help you to establish whether you’re eligible to claim compensation, and we offer confidential, no-obligation advice. No matter how severely ill you have become due to food poisoning, we can help. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so our services are affordable to all. Why not head for our website right now and take the 30-second test, or call our freephone helpline to see how we can help you? Our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen recommends us for our superior customer service, so get in touch to get the ball rolling on your claim today.