Food Safety Week | Irwin Mitchell

This Food Safety Week (18-24 May 2015), the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is focusing on the bacterium campylobacter, which is commonly found in chicken and other poultry meats. 

It’s the biggest cause of food poisoning in the UK, resulting in nasty symptoms like vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. As well as these short term symptoms, campylobacter poisoning has effects that can remain for the rest of your life, including irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis. Our food poisoning solicitors have helped many people after suffering from a campylobacter infection and have witnessed the terrible effect it can have. 

This is why we’re backing the Chicken Challenge, the FSA’s campaign to raise awareness of campylobacter and halve rates of infection from the bacterium by the end of 2015.

Top Tips On What To Do If You Think You’ve Got Food Poisoning From A Food Business

As part of Food Safety Week 2015, we’ve put together a list of tips to help if you’re worried that you’ve contracted food poisoning from a restaurant meal or something you bought in a shop.

  1. Seek medical attention - and ask your GP to arrange for a stool sample to be taken.
  2. Talk to your local Environmental Health Department - make them aware of your illness. 
  3. Remain off work or school until your symptoms have completely gone, as you may pass the illness on to others. If you work in a food business or with young children or the elderly, you need to let your employer know, even if your symptoms have gone. 
  4. Make a list of all food you've consumed in the 72 hours prior to becoming ill.
  5. If you still have the food that you think caused the illness, keep it - preferably in its packaging.
  6. Freeze/preserve the item of food but ensure that you put it in a freezer bag and seal it before storing it and keep it away from other foods.
  7. Find your copy of the receipt from purchasing the food, either from a shop or a restaurant, and store it somewhere safe.
  8. Keep a note of any losses or expenses incurred as a result of the illness suffered, preferably with receipts.
  9. Write down names and contact details of any witnesses to your illness and of any other people who ate the same food that you know were also ill.
  10. Keep copies of all correspondence and documents relating to the illness and losses.

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