No one expects to be served a side dish of food poisoning at any time of the year, much less at Christmas. Fortunately most of us will make it through the festive season with no such worries or experiences. However a few may well end up with Christmas food poisoning.
While many of us will eat at home, some will take the opportunity to leave the chaos of the kitchen behind so we can go out to eat instead. Restaurants, pubs and other locations do a roaring trade serving up Christmas dinners before the big day and on the day itself. For the most part they are all of the highest standards and do not pose any risk of food poisoning at all.
However where food is concerned there is always the chance that bugs might be present – bugs and bacteria such as E.coli and campylobacter. There are various dishes that tend to present a potentially higher risk of food poisoning than others, such as chicken liver pate for example – often served as a starter.
This should always be well-cooked, something that also applies to turkey, which is also a higher-risk food. Capable chefs should of course be aware of all the correct measures to take to keep people safe.
Why are some foods more at risk of causing food poisoning than others?
Certain foods must be cooked properly to be safe to eat – that’s why you can eat beef that’s pink in the middle but pork and poultry need to be properly cooked through.
When you choose a restaurant or pub for dinner this Christmas, make sure it is highly-rated in terms of its food safety rating.
A rating of five is the best it can get and it will give you peace of mind of knowing that outlet takes good care of its customers, reducing the odds of food poisoning cases cropping up.
Do you need to see whether a compensation claim might meet with success?
If you eat out at a restaurant and end up with Christmas food poisoning, you should get in touch with the team at Accident Advice Helpline. We have a 24/7 enquiry line that costs nothing to call.
Alternatively try our 30-second online test to get a fast idea of whether a no win, no fee claim might meet with success in your case. When you have the AAH team to ask, you’ll know exactly where you stand if you have suffered from food poisoning as a result of eating out.
Date Published: December 22, 2014