All over the UK there are restaurants, cafes, hotels, takeaways, canteens and other food outlets that serve food to their customers. The majority of them are very good when it comes to matters of hygiene and treating the food correctly, but sometimes something goes wrong.
Food can get contaminated with bacteria or viruses, and customers could experience food poisoning. If you have found yourself in this situation, you may be able to make a claim for food poisoning compensation in West Dorset.
Don’t be too quick to blame the restaurant if you want to make a claim!
It is not always the fault of the place you have eaten, they can be perfectly innocent. All cases of this illness should be reported to the Foods Standards Agency (FSA), who will find out who is to blame. It could well be one of the suppliers that have allowed the contamination to happen, and the eatery you have chosen could be totally unaware of the situation.
The precautions that can be taken to avoid claims for food poisoning compensation in West Dorset
Assuming that the food supplied is fine, there are ways to help reduce the risk of food poisoning, which everyone should follow, some of these are:
- Basic personal hygiene, keeping your hands clean at all times and making sure they are washed between preparing different foods
- Make sure food is cooked properly
- Don’t keep cooked food at warm temperature for prolonged periods
- If food should be chilled, store it at below 5 degrees
- Don’t use food that has gone past its use by date
- Do not refreeze frozen food that has thawed
- Avoid cross contamination of foods by cleaning utensils and work surfaces between preparing different foods
- Make sure the cooking area is clean and tidy at all times
These are just a few of the basic things food eateries should or should not do if they want to avoid customers making a claim for food poisoning compensation in West Dorset.
Some foods need extra care
All foods can become contaminated, but some are more likely to be infested by the bacteria than others. Some of these are:
- Cooked sliced meats
- Unpasteurised milk
- Raw meats
- Raw eggs
- Soft cheeses
- Pre packed sandwiches
Food poisoning will make you feel really ill for a couple of days, and you should not attempt to eat anything until you feel better. Having lots of sips of water will help stop you dehydrating, and if you do not start to improve after 48 hours you should seek medical attention.
Call Accident Advice Helpline to claim food poisoning compensation in West Dorset
You should contact Accident Advice Helpline to discuss claiming compensation for the suffering you have been caused. You can contact us through our website by completing one of our online options, or you can call our freephone helpline on 0800 690 0500 and speak to our friendly advisors.