Earlier this year, an outbreak of E.coli struck down 19 men who had attended Glasgow’s SSE Hydro venue in January. Investigators discovered that undercooked burgers were responsible for the outbreak, with inconsistent monitoring of food temperature and inadequate cleaning the main culprits.
Whilst most of those affected were not ‘severely unwell’, three of the men needed treatment in hospital, whilst nine others were forced to take time off work to recover, with one person needing a longer spell off work. The investigation carried out at the Big Grill food outlet revealed all the men had eaten burgers purchased there. It revealed that although some of the burgers appeared well-cooked, others had ‘pink raw meat’ clearly visible, and procedures were not in place to monitor the temperature of food.
Dr Catriona Milsevi, co-author of the report, had this to say, “The outbreak provides a reminder of the potential for E.coli O157 contamination of beef products and of the need for adequate cooking and cross-contamination measures in the preparation of these products – especially minced meat products such as burgers which should be thoroughly cooked.”
Claiming compensation for food poisoning caused by E.coli
For those who have been affected by E.coli, the symptoms usually subside within a few days but may include nausea, vomiting , diarrhoea, fever and stomach pains. If symptoms persist, medical attention should be sought, as treatment may be needed. If you’ve been affected by food poisoning after consuming meat contaminated with E.coli, or any other type of pathogen, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. After all, the outlet serving you the food has a responsibility to ensure they maintain good food hygiene standards, storing and cooking food properly. If this hasn’t happened, they could be held liable. Contact a personal injury lawyer if you think you may be eligible to claim compensation – they will be able to provide you with more information.
How to make a claim
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today and we’ll provide you with confidential, no-obligation advice, however you have been affected by food poisoning. We’re endorsed by our patron, TV personality and UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen, so you know you can trust us. Whether you have been hospitalised with severe food poisoning or taken a few days off work to recover from your symptoms, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. It’s free to call our helpline, and we’re open 24/7, so get in touch today and we will be able to help.
Source: The Scotsman