Food poisoning is an unpleasant experience, often leading to severe health complications. Our Food Poisoning Solicitors have compiled this page, which offers vital information about food poisoning in England, including statistics, causes, affected demographics, and guidance on seeking compensation with MG Legal’s expert solicitors.
Examples of Common Food Poisoning-causing foods:
What are food poisoning claims?
When you go out to eat at a cafe, restaurant, takeaway, or buy pre-packaged food from an establishment, you have a level of expectation that the food is safe, and has been made in a sanitary environment following all food safety regulations. When this doesn’t happen, and the food or drink that you consume leads to you or your loved one suffering from food poisoning of any kind, then you could be eligible to make a no win no fee food poisoning claim with our specialist solicitors.
Under the Consumer Protection Act of 1987, all food retailers must ensure that their food is safe and contains no harmful bacteria. If they fail to meet this requirement, then they are legally liable for any food poisoning or illness that occurs as a result. If you are looking to make a no win no fee food poisoning claim for financial compensation, then our specialist food poisoning solicitors are here to help today.
To speak to a food poisoning solicitor for a free no obligation consultation about your potential food poisoning claim, simply contact us online here and hear back from a no win no fee solicitor within one working hour.
I think that I have food poisoning. What do I do?
Keep any evidence, either physical or photographed
If the food in question is perishable, such as a cooked meat, the freeze it in a sealed bag or container to ensure that it remains usable as evidence at a later date.
Visit your local GP as soon as possible
Many people dismiss food poisoning and food allergies as a minor inconvenience of an illness that will pass within a few days and leave them feeling fine again. Still, this is not always the case. You should always go and see your local GP doctor as soon as possible after you recognise the symptoms to have started, and obtain a diagnosis, along with any medication that you may need for the illness or to hlep control symptoms.
Make a food diary of what you have eaten in the last 48 hours
Even if you feel that you are absolutely sure on what the offending food was that gave you food poisoning, it is still always a good idea to write up a food diary for the 48 hours before you began to feel ill. This allows you to eliminate the other foods that you ate, and can be used to build the strength of your personal injury food poisoning claim further down the line.
Report the incident to your local Environmental Health Department
It is your duty to inform the Environmental Health Department for your local area. This could prevent anybody else suffering food poisoning illnesses from the same establishment due to unsafe working conditions.
Contact an expert No Win No Fee food contamination personal injury solicitor
Food contamination and food poisoning claims are a fairly specialised area of the law and personal injury claims. Because of this, it is always best to work with an expert solicitor who has considerable experience and knowledge on working with food contamination claims.
Our expert personal injury solicitors specialising in food contamination claims have settled hundreds of food poisoning cases just like yours over their thirty years of experience, and have built up a 99% success rate in all of their cases. We accept all of our cases on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, meaning that there is no financial risk to you, as the client, because if we do not win financial compensation on your behalf then you do not owe us anything.
Sit back and let us do the rest of the work
From the first time that you speak to MG Legal for your no-obligation discussion about your food poisoning claim, you will be assigned a designated solicitor who will be in charge of your file, and work on your case.
They will take care of everything, allowing you to simply fill out the necessary forms and get on with your daily life. You will be able to contact them directly throughout the entire process, and ask them any questions or queries you may have about the progress of your food poisoning claims. Contact our personal injury team online, here, and you will hear back from a specialist food contamination expert within one working hour. Or, if you’d rather speak to an expert solicitor in person about your food poisoning claim, contact one of our offices directly in Longridge, Lancaster, Lytham, or Garstang for the surrounding Preston area.
What evidence do I need to make food poisoning claims?
Food and drink-related illness can be more difficult to prove than, say, a Road Traffic Accident, or an accident at work, simply because in many cases, you have left the hotel, cafe, or restaurant and the cause of the illness has been disposed of before you know that you are ill.
Should you know about a problem with the food or drink whilst it is still in your possession, try to take a photograph of it, if you are served undercooked chicken, for example, take a photograph of the “pink” middle, or in the case of a foreign object, a photograph of the item.
The same applies to any item which you believe has caused an allergic reaction. Keep hold of the wrapper, take photographs of any labels on a shelf or serving counter, and if possible, retain the item itself by freezing it in a sealed container. These things can all help with supporting your claim at a later date.
However, our food contamination personal injury solicitors are well aware that this is not always possible. For this reason, if you do become ill and suspect that it may be food poisoning or another kind of food allergy, a medical examination is generally advisable, primarily for your own health and wellbeing but also because any tests that are performed can identify the specific microbe that has caused your illness.
Your GP, or local hospital, will be able to diagnose the type of food poisoning that you have based on your symptoms. In severe cases, blood tests, stool tests, and tests on food that you have eaten may be conducted to determine what is responsible for the food poisoning. The sooner that this is done after you begin to show symptoms, the better.
No Win No Fee Food Poisoning Compensation FAQs
There are an estimated 2.4 million annual cases of food poisoning in the UK, and it is estimated that 380,000.00 are caused by norovirus (sometimes known as gastric flu), 37% of which can be linked to eating out of some description, 26% being linked to takeaways. Throughout their thirty years of experience specialising in food contamination claims, our expert personal injury solicitors have represented clients who have suffered from a huge range of food poisoning illnesses, and who became infected in a huge number of different ways.
Some of these include:-
not cooking food thoroughly (particularly meat)
not correctly storing food that needs to be chilled at below 5C
leaving cooked food for too long at warm temperatures
not sufficiently reheating previously cooked food
someone who is ill or who has dirty hands touching the food
eating food that has passed its "use by" date
the spread of bacteria between contaminated foods (cross-contamination)
Generally speaking, the symptoms of food poisoning will begin to take effect a day or two after you have eaten the contaminated food, although this is not always the case. In some instances, it can take up to 28 days for any symptoms to show of the food poisoning.
• feeling sick (nausea)
• being sick (vomiting)
• stomach cramps
• a high temperature of 38C or above
feeling generally unwell – such as feeling tired or having aches and chills
The good news is that if you have food poisoning, it's not usually serious and most people get better within a few days without treatment.
Norovirus: Often linked to raw or undercooked shellfish and contaminated water.
Salmonella: Commonly found in undercooked poultry, eggs, and meat, as well as contaminated raw fruits and vegetables.
Clostridium perfringens: Typically associated with meats, poultry, and gravies.
Campylobacter: Usually found in raw or undercooked poultry and unpasteurized milk.
Staphylococcus aureus: Can be found in improperly stored meat and dairy products.
E. coli: Common in undercooked beef, unpasteurized milk, and fresh produce.
Listeria: Often found in unpasteurized dairy products, ready-to-eat deli meats, and smoked seafood.
Bacillus cereus: Linked to rice, pasta, and starchy foods that are improperly stored.
Vibrio: Associated with undercooked seafood, particularly oysters.
Shigella: Typically spread through contaminated water and found in raw, ready-to-eat produce.
These pathogens can cause a range of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain. Proper food handling, storage, and cooking practices are essential to prevent foodborne illnesses caused by these organisms.
Who to Report To: Contact the establishment where you ate, the Food Standards Agency, or your local Environmental Health office.
Importance of Reporting: This helps prevent further cases and contributes to public health data.
If you suspect you have food poisoning:
Seek Medical Attention: Your health is a priority.
Report the Incident: Contact the Food Standards Agency or your local Environmental Health office.
Document Everything: Keep records of what you ate, where you ate, and your symptoms.
Annual Number of Food Poisoning Incidents: In 2022/23, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) was notified of 2,038 food and feed safety incidents in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales. This number represents a 13% decrease compared to 2021/22. In 2018, there were an estimated 2.4 million cases of foodborne illness in the UK. This number represents a significant increase from previous estimates, which attributed an annual cost of over £1 billion based on approximately 1 million foodborne disease cases. The economic and societal burden of foodborne diseases (FBD) in the UK, predominantly driven by individual cases, was estimated at approximately £9 billion
Number of Outbreaks: Included in these incidents were 36 outbreaks of foodborne disease managed by the FSA during 2022/23.
Most Affected Demographics: The majority of food poisoning cases were recorded in individuals aged 45-64, followed by those in the 25-44 year old age group, and then people aged 65 and over. The least affected were those less than 1 year old. In nearly all regions studied, men were more affected than women. Yorkshire and Humberside had the most food poisoning cases by region
Prosecutions and Cases of Food Poisoning: Recent years have seen several reported cases of confirmed food poisoning and even fatalities due to poor food hygiene standards. For example, a 71-year-old woman lost her life after consuming an incorrectly-prepared pub lunch in Cornwall, leading to a conviction and fines for the pub owners and kitchen manager. Other cases, such as those involving The Grape Inn in Teeside and Yeahya Flavour of Asia in Swindon, also highlight the serious consequences of insanitary hygiene practices
Contact MG Legal's No Win No Fee Solicitors to discuss your Food Poisoning claim
If you suspect you have suffered from food poisoning, it's crucial to report the incident to the appropriate authorities and seek legal advice if considering a compensation claim. For legal assistance, MG Legal, solicitors specialising in food poisoning claims, offer a no win no fee service to help clients secure the compensation they deserve. If you’ve been affected by food poisoning and believe you have a claim, don’t hesitate to contact MG Legal. Our team is ready to provide expert legal advice and help you secure the compensation you deserve.
Examples of Food Poisoning
Several pork snack products have been recalled by Freshers Foods Ltd due to them being contaminated with salmonella, with a risk of illness if the affected products are eaten. The FSA has recalled the following Snaffling Pig products:
Snaffling Pig Pork Scratchings Perfectly Salted
Snaffling Pig Porky Puffs Low & Slow BBQ
Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling Marvellous Maple
Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling Hot to Trot Habanero
Snaffling Pig BBQ (glass jar)
Snaffling Pig Habanero (glass jar)
Snaffling Pig Marvellous Maple (glass jar)
Snaffling Pig Mustard (glass jar)
Snaffling Pig Salted (glass jar)
Snaffling Pig Pig of Doom (glass jar)
Snaffling Pig Pigs in Blanket (glass jar)
Snaffling Pig Salt and Black Pepper (glass jar)
Snaffling Pig Porky Puffs Marvellous Maple
Snaffling Pig Salt and Vinegar (glass jar)
Awfully Posh Pork Puff Original
Awfully Posh Pork Puff Honey BBQ
Awfully Posh Pork Scratchings Traditional
Awfully Posh Pork Crackling Chili & Garlic
Awfully Posh Pork Crackling Sea Salt
Openshaws Pork Scratching (any 2 for £1)
Openshaws Pork Scratchings
Openshaws Big Bag Pork Scratchings
Pub Original Pork Scratchings
Pub Original Pork Crackling
Openshaws Scampi Bites
Snaffling Pig Bumper Pack Crackling
Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling Ghost Chili
Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling Mighty Mustard
Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling Black Pepper & Sea Salt
Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling Salt ‘N’ Vinegar
This is a huge number of products to be involved in the recall. The FSA have advised that point of sale notices will be displayed in retail stores that are selling these products. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. They also advise customers to return the products to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.
However, if you have eaten any of the contaminated Snaffling Pig products, and suffered as a result, then our no win no fee food poisoning solicitors would advise that this is NOT the best course of action, and that you should make sure to keep hold of the product that has made you ill, in order to aid in making a no win no fee food poisoning claim for compensation.
Our food allergy solicitors can announce that ‘Snaffling Pig’ is recalling Snaffling Pig Perfectly Salted Pork Scratchings because salmonella has been found in the product. The Food Standard Agency have revealed that point of sale notices will be displayed in retail stores that are selling this product, due to the risk of salmonella poisoning to customers.
Our food allergy solicitors know that symptoms caused by salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps, and we would advise that anybody who believes they may have suffered from salmonella poisoning due to eating contaminated Snaffling Pig Perfectly Salted Pork Scratchings to get in touch with us as soon as possible. If you have been affected due to Snaffling Pig Perfectly Salted Pork Scratchings contaminated with salmonella, you could be entitled to financial compensation in a no win no fee food allergy claim.
On 1st February 2022, Holland and Barrett recalls Hulled Sesame Seeds because of the presence of salmonella. Here at MG Legal, our NO WIN NO FEE food poisoning solicitors have noted the urgent recall of the Holland and Barrett Sesame Seeds because of the presence of salmonella in the products. It is no secret that the presence of salmonella in food products comes with a risk of illness if it enters the body.
The presence of salmonella has been found in the 125g pack of their Hulled Sesame Seeds, and health food giants Holland and Barrett have urgently recalled all of the above products, and advised that point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling the products. These will advise customers what to do if they have bought any of the products, but it does not remove the risk to customers, and there is still a risk of illness to anybody who eats an affected product, not knowing that they have been recalled.
According to the FSA website, symptoms of salmonella food poisoning typically include fever, diarrhoea, and abdominal cramps. The FSA has warned customers of this risk, and warned people not to eat the Hulled Sesame Seeds from Holland and Barrett.
If you have suffered in any way due to salmonella bacteria in the mentioned Holland and Barrett sesame seeds, or become ill after eating them, then our food poisoning solicitors are here to help you make a no win no fee food poisoning claim with our no win no fee solicitors. Simply contact us online here for a free, no obligation consultation with a food poisoning solicitor, within one working hour.
On 20th February 2022, the Food Standard Agency revealed the worrying recall of baby milk formula because of the possible presence of salmonella. The brand of baby milk formula is Abbott, and they have recalled a number of batches of Elecare Similac and Alimentum Similac infant formula powders because they might contain Salmonella. Our no win no fee food poisoning solicitors have noted the worrying recall of the Abbott baby formula because of the presence of salmonella in the products. It is no secret that the presence of salmonella in food products comes with a risk of illness if it enters the body, and this is even more worrying when we are speaking about a baby formula targeted to premature babies.
The presence of salmonella has been found in a large number of the Abbott baby formula batches, and the Food Standard Agency advised that point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling the products. These will advise customers what to do if they have bought any of the products, but it does not remove the risk to customers, and there is still a risk of illness to children who consume the affected formula, with the parents not knowing that they have been recalled. According to the FSA website, symptoms of salmonella food poisoning typically include fever, diarrhoea, and abdominal cramps. The FSA has warned customers of this risk, and warned people not to give the Elecare Similac and Alimentum Similac infant formula powders to their children. The collection of recalled batch number of the Abbott can be seen here.
If your child has suffered in any way due to salmonella bacteria in the mentioned Abbott Elecare Similac and Alimentum Similac infant formula powders, or become ill after eating them, then our food poisoning solicitors would advise that you do NOT return the product to the shop where you purchased it. Our no win no fee food poisoning injury solicitors are here to help you make a no win no fee food poisoning claim, to achieve the justice and compensation that you deserve. Simply contact us online here for a free, no obligation consultation with a food poisoning solicitor, within one working hour.
Bakeaway pastry manufacturers, who provide most major supermarkets with pre-packaged pastry products, have recalled 18 pastry products, including puff pastry and pizza dough, due to the presence of salmonella in the products. Our NO WIN NO FEE solicitors specialisng in food poisoning compensation have noted the urgent recall of the pastry products because of the presence of salmonella. Simply get in touch with us today, here, to make a no win no fee claim for compensation if you think that you or your child has been affected.
The presence of salmonella in food products comes with a risk of illness if it enters the body. According to the Food Standard Agency, symptoms caused by salmonella typically include fever, diarrhoea, and abdominal cramps. The FSA has warned customers of this risk, and warned people not to eat the product. The affected BakeAway products that have been recalled due to salmonella, include:
Aldi Ready Roll Pizza
Asda Pizza Dough
Morrisons Puff Pastry Block
Pizza Express Pre Rolled Dough
Tesco Finest Butter Enriched Ready Roll Puff Pastry
Tesco Pizza Dough
Tesco Ready Roll Puff Pastry
Tesco Ready Roll Puff Pastry
Asda Ready Roll Light Puff Pastry
Asda Ready Roll Puff Pastry
Galberts Ready Roll Puff Pastry
Galberts Ready Roll Short Pastry
by Sainsbury’s Ready Roll Puff Pastry
by Sainsbury’s Ready Roll Puff Pastry
Morrisons Pizza Dough
Morrisons Puff Pastry Block
BakeAway has recalled all of the above products, and advised that point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling the products. These will advise customers what to do if they have bought any of the products, but it does not remove the risk to customers, and there is still a risk of illness to anybody who eats an affected product, not knowing that they have been recalled.
If you have suffered in any way due to salmonella bacteria in the mentioned pastry products, or become ill after eating them, then you could be eligible to make a no win no fee food poisoning claim with our no win no fee personal injury solicitors.
Simply contact us online here for a free, no obligation consultation with a food poisoning solicitor, within one working hour.
Our food poisoning solicitors were saddened to hear of a 55 year old mother of one has passed away after contracting salmonella poisoning from cold turkey served at a communion party. Sandra O’Brien was a fit and healthy mother, who ran up to 150km each week, but sadly lost her life only six days after becoming unwell due to cold turkey served at the event. More than 17 out of the other 30 guests have become ill due to the food served at the event, but Sandra was unfortunately unable to survive the food poisoning.
It has been revealed that the venue in which the event was hosted bearer no responsibility, with the food at the party being delivered at the event and prepared prior by Franreil Food Services. Our food poisoning solicitors regularly pursue no win no fee food poisoning claims for financial compensation against food catering companies such as these, who work on a contracted basis with pubs and other establishments.
Sandra O’Brien’s husband said that she was diagnosed with a rare form of salmonella poisoning, but was discharged and appearing to be feeling better, just days later. Our food poisoning solicitors can report that HSE, the regulating body for health and safety in England, have revealed over 72 cases of salmonella food poisoning reported from people attending events catered by this company over the same weekend as Sandra O’Brien becoming ill at the communion. Helena Murray, chairperson of the HSE Outbreak Control Team, said that ‘the food operator was issued with a closure order while an inspection took place as there was a “grave and imminent danger to public health”.
Our food poisoning solicitors regularly work with clients who have suffered from illness, or lost a loved one, due to poor food hygiene standards from food catering companies, restaurants, and even takeaways, and help them to achieve the justice and financial compensation that they deserve, on a no win no fee basis. If you or your loved one has suffered from food poisoning when eating food at any type of establishment, or wrongly labelled shop-bought food, then do not hesitate to get in touch with MG Legal’s specialist food poisoning solicitors today, and make a no win no fee food poisoning claim at no financial risk. Simply contact us online here for a free no obligation consultation with a solicitor for your food poisoning claim.