The Food Standards Agency (FSA) monitor the hygiene standards of anywhere that sells or serves food, and will investigate any cases of food poisoning that is reported to them. It is a condition that is becoming more common in this rat race of a word we live in as people turn to more convenience foods, eating out more often and having more take aways. This lifestyle has also resulted in more innocent victims making a South Tyneside ‘no win, no fee*’ accident claim because of it.
Your South Tyneside ‘no win, no fee*’ accident claim might not be against the food outlet you ate at, or bought your food from
When the FSA investigate reports of food poisoning, it is not always the case that whoever supplied you with the food is at fault.
Bacteria entering the food generally cause food poisoning, and this could happen at any one of their suppliers.
It is not always apparent that this has happened, so they can cook the food without realising it, and customers become ill.
As a quick guide, if any food does not look right, smell right or taste right, do not eat it and hopefully you will not then get food poisoning and not need to make a South Tyneside ‘no win, no fee*’ accident claim.
The FSA scheme
The FSA has started a scheme, in conjunction with local councils, to rate the hygiene standards of all types of food outlets.
They inspect the premises and give a hygiene rating from 0 – 5, and then supply a certificate which has to be displayed somewhere prominent that can be seen from the outside of the premises. The windows or doors of the premises are ideal.
The scheme will only let you know the hygiene standard, and is not meant as any reflection on the type or quality of the food being served or sold. But hygiene is a very important part of avoiding food poisoning, and it is hoped that by having to display how good their hygiene is will make food outlets that are not as good as they should be, put their house in order to get thing right.
Making your claim for food poisoning
Hopefully, if you are struck down with food poisoning it will not last more than a couple of days because it makes you feel really ill. In fact, if you are not improving after 48 hours you should seek medical attention, as it could be one of the more severe forms of the illness that you have got.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we hope we can make you feel a little better by helping you get the compensation you may be entitled to. To find out if you can make a claim, call or freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and speak to one of our friendly advisers who will assist you all they can.
Date Published: 7th November 2014