A woman tragically died and 33 other customers fell seriously ill after eating an unsafe pub dinner London’s Snaresbrook Crown Court heard. The case was taken to court when Della Callagher died after eating a re-heated turkey breast at the Railway Hotel, Hornchurch, Essex. In addition, 33 others fell seriously ill with food poisoning after eating the same meal. The chef, Mehmet Kaya and landlady Anne-Marie McSweeney were shocked by the incident but are said to have covered up their unsafe practices by falsifying their kitchen log. Cooking and cooling times for the turkey breast were added to the log after the incident it has been claimed and the chef failed to follow strict food safety procedures for preparing the meat.
Pub landlady Anne-Marie McSweeney oversaw the cooking process therefore must have known that the correct procedures were not followed it has been claimed. The investigating officer was presented with the falsified kitchen log but the chef, the landlady and the company which owns the pub have denied the claims. Those who ate the food began to fall ill with food poisoning on Boxing Day and officers arrived at the establishment on December 27th to take food samples and conduct an investigation. However, officers could not find any trace of the meal and discovered that the log entries were falsified. The case continues.
Compensation for food poisoning
The unsafe pub dinner in this case caused very severe illness in the victims but even mild food poisoning can cause discomfort and time absent from work. Food poisoning can occur when food is not prepared properly, in this case cooling and reheating procedures. If strict food hygiene practices are in place and are utilised, there should be a very low risk of giving a customer food poisoning. However, if you have contracted food poisoning due to negligence in food hygiene, you can claim compensation with the help of a representative.
Claiming for food-borne illness
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury and illness cases. If you have contracted food poisoning and suspect that it is due to negligence in a food establishment, you may be able to win a cash payout for your illness. We can help you obtain the evidence you need to support your claim and will represent you throughout your case. Our no win, no fee* policy also ensures that you won’t have to pay anything upfront to pursue your case. Call our free helpline to obtain some no-obligation advice.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown