Eastleigh Salmonella Outbreak Victims Instruct Lawyers

Specialist Illness Lawyers Instructed Related To Problems Potentially Linked To The Real China

14.08.2014

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Expert lawyers specialising in helping victims of illness outbreaks in the UK and abroad have been instructed to act for a group of people who have suffered severe gastric illness following a Salmonella outbreak reportedly related to The Real China restaurant in Eastleigh, near Southampton.   

The establishment in Eastleigh town centre, one of over 20 UK branches within the chain, voluntarily closed on 24 July 2014 following local media reports at that time suggesting that more than 30 people had been affected, with some requiring hospital treatment. 

Eastleigh Borough Council has since confirmed that they received 70 complaints from people who had reported falling ill after having eaten at The Real China in Eastleigh.  The Council has also confirmed that 29 confirmed cases of Salmonella have been identified.

The Council confirmed on 31 July 2014 that the restaurant’s management carried out a thorough deep clean of the premises and had reviewed their working practices and were due to re-open the restaurant that evening.

The Council’s environmental health team and Public Health England are currently still investigating the outbreak and now victims have asked illness experts at law firm Irwin Mitchell to help uncover the source of their illness and gain justice for the problems they have suffered after eating at the restaurant.

The team of legal specialists has vast experience in representing victims of outbreaks of Salmonella and other gastric illnesses at restaurants, food outlets and holiday resorts in the UK and abroad.

Amandeep Dhillon, a Partner and leading Public Health lawyer at Irwin Mitchell who represent these victims including 43 festival goers who contracted illnesses including Salmonella at the Newcastle Spice Festival in February and March last year, said:
Expert Opinion
The illness described to us by our clients is particularly concerning.

“We have seen on numerous occasions the severe impact Salmonella can have on the victims in the short and longer-term, as it can often lead to the development of long-standing health conditions, from which they may never fully recover.

“As a result, the seriousness of these issues should never be underestimated and it is vital that authorities work quickly and thoroughly to determine the cause of the outbreak.”
Amandeep Dhillon, Partner
Among those who have instructed Irwin Mitchell to help are Timothy Taylor, 48, his wife Bereka Sintayehu, 40, along with their nine-year-old daughter and one-year-old son, who visited the Eastleigh branch of The Real China on the afternoon of 13 July 2014 after attending church.

Mr Taylor said: “Some of the food served at the buffet didn’t seem to be served at the correct temperature and wasn’t hot enough and the chilled food just did not feel cold.

“All of us, apart from my one-year-old son who didn’t eat anything, have fallen ill after eating at The Real China and we have suffered horrible symptoms such as diarrhoea, abdominal pains and we have felt feverish. I had to go to see my local GP and after some tests he told me that I had contracted Salmonella.

As a result of their illness, both Mr Taylor and Ms Sintayehu had to take time off work and their daughter missed her final week of school. Luckily, their young son was asleep during the meal and was not given any food.

Mr Taylor added: “We just want to know how this could have happened and we approached lawyers because we heard that other people had been ill too. I hope that they can find out what caused our illnesses so that lessons can be learned and no one else has to suffer as we have done.”