One of the great things about the Christmas holiday season is being able to go out for festive meals with family, friends and work colleagues. Pubs, clubs and restaurants are packed at this time of year and for the catering industry it can be one of their busiest times. Unfortunately, this can also be the time of year when food poisoning cases can peak and many outbreaks will have to be investigated by an accident solicitor in Leighton Buzzard.
If you have suffered food poisoning after a meal out in the Leighton Buzzard area, then you may be able to start a claim for food poisoning.
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It is generally easier to prove that your injury case was caused by a particular catering premises if your case is part of an outbreak. For this reason, it is always a good idea to contact your local environmental health department if you suspect that you have food poisoning. They will be able to investigate further and may even be able to prevent other people falling ill. They may know of other cases that are linked to yours and which make up a much larger outbreak.
Causes of food poisoning cases
One of the possible causes of food poisoning cases is cross-contamination. This is when a pathogenic organism (germ) gets onto food. The germ may have entered the food business on raw food or packaging, on or in food handlers or from the general kitchen environment. Food hygiene within the kitchen should prevent these germs from ever getting onto food and from causing cases but things can go wrong. Here is a selection of the food hygiene advice:
- Delivery – Try to arrange for raw meat and poultry and eggs to be delivered at different times to other foods. Unload the deliveries in a clean separate area, remove the outer packaging and throw it away. Do not leave it lying around as it could be contaminated. You may need to make a note of cooking instructions or ingredient information.
- If raw meat, poultry and eggs ARE delivered at the same time as other food, arrange for different staff to be available to deal with the different types of food.
- Ideally, raw food (including food that is defrosting) should be stored in separate refrigerators to ready-to-eat food. If this is not possible, store the raw food on the shelves BELOW ready-to-eat food so they cannot drip. Cover ready-to-eat food properly.
- Always use containers or bags that have been designed to store food (food grade) such as kitchen foil, cling film, plastic boxes with lids or freezer food bags.
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Date Published: 16th December 2013
Author: David Brown