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Food poisoning is an increasingly common condition which affects many thousands of people each year. As our lifestyles change and the demands on our time increase, many people opt to eat convenience foods that have been processed and are ready to eat within seconds of purchase. Unfortunately, pathogens such as bacteria and viruses can cause severe symptoms of food poisoning without warning. This debilitating condition can have a devastating impact on the people who consume food that has been contaminated.
Types of contamination
Food may be contaminated by three sources:
Bacterial food poisoning
This means that the food that has been consumed was contaminated by bacteria such as Campylobacter, Salmonella or Listeria. These bacteria can grow and multiply rapidly within minutes at warm temperatures. They are commonly found in raw and undercooked meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, meat and fish products and soft cheeses.
Viral food poisoning
Norovirus is one of the most common causes of viral food poisoning. This virus can be transferred easily between humans and between humans and foods, if hygiene practices are poor. Hand washing and the correct preparation of foods using clean utensils can prevent this virus being transmitted through cross contamination. If food isn’t stored or chilled at the correct temperatures then it can deteriorate quickly, causing the virus to spread rapidly between foods.
Parasitic food poisoning
Parasites can exist in foods as they grow and can be transferred to humans through poor food preparation. Toxoplasmosis is a common parasite that is found in infected cats’ faeces. Salads and vegetables grown in contaminated ground, then poorly washed and prepared, can be culprits for passing contaminated food onto humans when it is eaten.
Food poisoning symptoms
Food poisoning, however caused, can cause distressing and often violent symptoms to develop, including:
- Stomach cramps
Your no win no fee Braunton personal injury compensation claim
It is important to be aware of your legal right to claim compensation for any injury that may you sustain, as a result of an accident or incident that was caused through no fault of your own, within the last 3 years. If you have developed food poisoning symptoms and sought medical advice, then you can seek to claim compensation for your injury.
The experts at Accident Advice Helpline have over 13 years experience of processing personal injury compensation claims for cases of food poisoning. Their dedicated team of advisers can provide no obligation advice about making a no win no fee Braunton personal injury compensation claim. If you wish to go ahead with making a claim, then their team of professional injury solicitors will process all aspects of your claim on your behalf.
Date Published: 24th January 2014
Author: David Brown