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If you have suffered from food poisoning as a result of substandard produce then you may be able to claim compensation. For free advice on no win no fee compensation claims just use the helpline or email our offices and a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts will telephone you with no obligation. If after speaking to one of our food poisoning solicitors you decide to proceed no further then you are quite at liberty to do so and you will not be charged for our legal advice.

Safety regulations in the UK require that food should be safe to eat and complies with a wide range of product and process specification standards in order to reduce the risk of food poisoning. The Consumer Protection Act 1987 ensures that food products are the subject of strict liability which enables a consumer who is injured as a result of a 'defective' product to claim compensation for food poisoning from a 'producer' without needing to prove negligence. A defective product exists when the safety of the product is not such as persons generally are entitled to expect.

Food Safety Act 1990

The Food Safety Act 1990 includes the following:-

It is an offence to make dangerous produce intended to be sold for human consumption.

It is an offence to supply produce for human consumption which is :-

It is an offence to falsely describe, advertise or present food for sale

    • dangerous to health
    • unfit for human consumption
    • contaminated
    • not of acceptable nature, substance or quality demanded by the purchaser

Food Poisoning Causes

The most common food poisoning claims arising relating to safety are as a result of serious bacterial and viral infections which affect over 500,000 people in the UK every year with over 4,000,000 others suffering from diarrhoea, vomiting, fever, stomach cramps, nausea or fatigue. The most dangerous in terms of toxicity of the micro-organisms which cause these problems include salmonella, campylobacter, E coli 015 and listeria which generally occur due to inadequate cooking, improper storage, cross contamination and poor hygiene standards in both production and preparation.

Chemical contaminants and naturally-occurring toxicants in food may cause food poisoning that gives rise to food poisoning compensation claims. There are specific defined levels for particular contaminants or naturally occurring toxicity in food which determine the maximum level of contamination which is acceptable. Any breach of these regulations may lead to action being taken against a producer of food.

Solicitors Legal Advice

Where there has been an outbreak of food poisoning which affects a large number of people it is often relatively easy to establish liability and in these circumstances it may be possible to take a multi party action. For free legal advice from a product liability solicitor just use the helpline or email our offices and a lawyer will telephone you with no obligation.


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