Food poisoning will make you feel really ill
If you get food poisoning, usually it is because you have eaten contaminated food. It is usually contaminated with bacteria, such as Salmonella or E.Coli, but it can also be caused by viruses or chemicals such as pesticides and parasites.
How food poisoning happens
There are many ways in which food poisoning can happen, including:
- Leaving cooked food for too long at warm temperatures;
- Someone who is ill or has dirty hands touching the food;
- Cross contamination of food;
- Not cleaning utensils between preparing different foods;
- Not keeping the cooking and preparation areas clean;
- Not cooking the food properly;
- Not washing fresh foods such as salads well enough;
- Using frozen food that has thawed and been refrozen;
- Not storing the food at correct temperatures; and
- Eating food past its use-by date.
You may have suffered food poisoning if you have gone out for a meal at a restaurant, had a takeaway or maybe eaten in your workplace’s canteen. Even some pre-packed foods from supermarkets can give you food poisoning and make you feel ill.
Foods that are more susceptible to contamination
The foods that are more susceptible to contamination include:
- Cooked sliced meats;
- Pre-packed sandwiches;
- Soft cheese;
- Raw eggs;
- Raw shellfish;
- Unpasteurised milk;
- Burgers and sausages;
- Kebabs; and
- Raw meat, poultry and pork.
If you have eaten any of these foods that are contaminated and been made ill, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim using a personal injury lawyer in Kippford.
The effects of food poisoning
The effects of food poisoning are that you usually start to feel ill within hours of eating the food, but it can take up to three days to arise. Symptoms can include:
- High temperature;
- Stomach cramps;
- Loss of appetite; and
- Muscle spasms.
If you drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest, usually you will get over the illness without any need for treatment. It is best to avoid food until you feel better, and even then it should be things that are easy to digest, such as toast.
There are also more serious cases that can have an adverse effect on people’s health, particularly for someone who has low immune systems, such as HIV and cancer sufferers. Babies are also at risk. There have been several high-profile cases in which more than one person has died due to food poisoning, in which case the source has had to be traced.
How to report your food poisoning
Cases of food poisoning, particularly if you know the source, should be reported to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), who are responsible for ensuring whoever sells food follows the rules and regulations regarding food safety. If they do not, then the FSA has the power to close them down until the situation is rectified.
Whoever is at fault, call Accident Advice Helpline to make your food poisoning compensation claim. We will ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled, and will make the process as simple and trouble-free as possible. Call our helpline on 0800 180 4123 and speak to an advisor. They will start the process for you.