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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Highcliffe food poisoning


    There are several types of personal injury involving Highcliffe food poisoning. One of these is the physical contamination of food that we have eaten.

    Highcliffe food poisoning claims – physical contamination

    Physical contamination is when objects from the environment get into food. They are also called ‘foreign bodies’. The contaminant can usually be seen by the consumer and causes significant distress particularly if they have to pull it out of their mouths. Sometimes this can result in food aversion or nightmares. Also, physical contaminants can cause cuts, choking, infections and broken teeth.

    Physical contaminants can enter the food with the raw materials, during storage, preparation, service or display. If you have suffered an injury because of physical contamination in food then you may be able to start a food contamination claim. This is when a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline gives you the legal support to claim compensation from the person or company that supplied the food to you.

    Accident Advice Helpline can provide this service on a no win no fee basis. During the Highcliffe food contamination claim you can claim for the injury itself (you need to have sought medical attention) and for the money that you have lost because you have been injured.

    Preventing contamination of food claims

    The physical contamination may enter the food from the food handler themselves. This can occur in catering premises such as a restaurant or canteen or may happen in a food manufacturing plant.

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    These are the food hygiene precautions that should help to prevent Highcliffe food poisoning claims caused by food handlers:

    1. Food handlers should not take outdoor coats/jacket and bags into the food preparation area
    2. Food handlers should wear suitable protective clothing
    3. Food handlers should tie up long hair
    4. Food handlers should remove jewelry before starting work
    5. Food handlers should cover cuts with secure, brightly coloured water-proof dressings
    6. Food handlers should not keep things in overall pockets
    7. Food handlers should never smoke in a catering premises

    Physical contamination can also enter the food from domestic animals and pests and could give rise to a Highcliffe food contamination claim. This can be prevented by making sure that domestic animals are never allowed into food preparation areas. It is simply not acceptable to have pets in a commercial kitchen.

    Also, effective pest control policies must be in place to ensure that the food business is kept pest and rodent-free.

    This may be managed by the food business owner themselves or they may choose to ask a commercial pest control operative to make regular visits. It is the responsibility of the food business operator to make sure that they do not allow conditions to develop that will attract rodents e.g. a build-up of food waste. This is easily achieved with an effective house-keeping policy.

    So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    Date Published: 24th November 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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