Been poisoned by contaminated food? You need to claim with an injury lawyer in Peacehaven!
Whilst we all enjoy the convenience of not having to cook and choose instead to eat out more often with friends and family, we may be increasing the risk of eating contaminated food which can cause food poisoning through being incorrectly stored, prepared or cooked. Food poisoning is a distressing condition which can leave us feeling very unwell and wishing that we had eaten at home instead.
Causes of food poisoning
- Not cooking food thoroughly all the way through, particularly takeaway foods like kebabs, burgers, sausages and chicken;
- Not storing chilled food at the correct temperature;
- Leaving cooked food at warm temperatures for too long;
- Cross contamination of food; and
- Eating food that has been contaminated by someone who is ill with vomiting and/or diarrhoea themselves.
Cross contamination occurs when harmful bacteria are transferred from cooking utensils, hands, chopping boards and raw to cooked foods. For example, chopping raw chicken on a board and then using the same unwashed knife and board for raw salad.
Storing food incorrectly can also cause cross contamination to occur. For example, if raw meat juices drip onto foods like sliced cooked ham underneath, then bacteria can breed in the ham and cause food poisoning.
Types of contamination
Contamination which causes food poisoning can come from bacteria and viruses. These include:
- Campylobacter. This is a common cause of food poisoning which can be present in raw and undercooked meat such as chicken and turkey, unpasteurised milk, and untreated water. Chicken liver pate is a common source.
- Salmonella. This is found in poultry, raw meat and eggs, especially if undercooked.
- Listeria bacteria are commonly found in ready to eat meals which are chilled, such as pate, butter, sandwiches, soft cheeses, smoked salmon and cooked sliced meats. Always eat these types of food before their use by date.
- Escherichia coli (E. coli) is found in the digestive systems of most animals, including humans, and are harmless and do not cause symptoms. However, some strains are capable of causing serious illness. E. coli can be found in undercooked meat products like meatballs, burgers and minced beef.
- Viruses such as Norovirus can cause gastrointestinal illnesses to develop. Raw or lightly cooked shellfish such as oysters can be sources of Norovirus.
- Parasites can rarely cause food poisoning. Toxoplasmosis is a parasite found in the digestive system of dogs and cats. This is the most common cause of parasitic food poisoning in the UK.
Make your injury claim using an injury lawyer in Peacehaven
If you have suffered food poisoning through an incident that wasn’t your fault within the last three years, then call the experts at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for advice, or go online and take part in our unique 30-second online test. You could claim compensation with our injury lawyer in Peacehaven acting on your behalf on a no win no fee basis. Don’t delay — call our friendly advisers 24/7 and make your claim with an injury lawyer in Peacehaven. With expert and professional help from an injury lawyer in Peacehaven, you can ensure a successful claim for your food poisoning misery.
Date Published: 17th October 2013
Author: David Brown