Every day most of us prepare food in one way or another. In kitchens throughout the UK meals are prepared and measures are taken to ensure the food is safe. This becomes even more important when it comes to serving food to the public.
Any business dealing in food must follow strict guidelines and the Food Standards Agency makes it clear that businesses must put in place food safety management procedures and have them documented.
Sadly we often hear of cases where people suffer from food poisoning because a business has failed in its food safety responsibilities. Slater and Gordon Lawyers recently helped a group of people affected by salmonella poisoning after attending a wedding reception. You can read about the case on the Manchester Evening News website here.
We also helped a group of people who fell ill after eating a Christmas Day lunch at a pub in Essex. Their food was found to contain the bacterium Clostridium perfringens and the full story can be read on the BBC website here.
If you have suffered food poisoning or any form of stomach illness during or shortly after eating in any business that serves food, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If you may wish to claim compensation for food poisoning get the names and contact details of any other people who suffered from the same symptoms, keep receipts of any related expenses such as medicines and keep copies of any written complaints you make.
It’s also important that you seek expert legal advice because in food poisoning claims you have to show where the bug or illness originated from, and that it was due to a lack of care on behalf of the place that served the food to you.
For more information see food safety management procedures.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer a free consultation for people suffering from food poisoning in the UK or on holiday. Call our expert Personal Injury Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9046 or alternatively contact us online and we will be happy to help you.
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