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No Cheese Iceland range may contain milk

Iceland No Cheese range may contain milk that is not mentioned on the label.

Iceland is recalling a range of their ‘No Cheese’ foods as they may contain milk. This can be a serious situation for anyone one with a milk allergy or intolerance.

The products include pizza, pastas and pasties. There is no indication on the label that they may contain milk or milk constituents.

If you have bought any products in this range and have Lactose Intolerance – a milk allergy or intolerance – do not consume them. Iceland ask that all products be returned to your nearest store. They will give a full refund.

Iceland go on to say: “If you have any concerns or queries, please contact the Store Manager or call our Customer Care Line on 0800 328 0800 Option 3.”

The products include:

  • No Cheese 2 Cheese & Onion Pasties
  • No Cheese Houmous Style Sauce Pizza
  • No Cheese Mediterranean Garden Pizza
  • No Cheese MacaroniCheese
  • No Cheese Italian Garden Pizza
  • No Cheese Houmous Pizza

What to do if you suffer a reaction after eating one of these products?

Symptoms of a lactose intolerance can include

  • Wind (farting)
  • Diarrhoea
  • a bloated stomach
  • stomach cramps and pains
  • Stomach rumbling
  • and feeling sick

Not everyone knows they have Lactose Intolerance and it can develop at any time in life. So if you have any of these symptoms and they are severe or persist you should seek medical advice.

If you think you have developed symptoms as a result of consuming any of the above products from Iceland you may be able to make a claim for compensation. We are specialist is all types of food poisoning and intolerance claims. You can contact us for a free, on obligation confidential chat about your situation. We can normally assess very quickly whether you have a cause for making a compensation claim.

For free initial advice please call 01535 958 778, email us, or use the contact form on this page.

For more information on Lactose Intolerance please see the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Lactose-intolerance/

 

 

Lettuce Food Poisoning Scare

Can I really get food poisoning from Lettuce?

Yes, you can get serious food poisoning from eating lettuce. Any raw food that’s been washed with contaminated water can give you food poisoning.

Second time in one year that US lettuce is fingered for food poisoning.

We saw last year serious problems with lettuce food poisoning in America. We are here again. And it’s the same lettuce and the same part of the USA.

US health officials have issued warnings about Romaine Lettuce grown in the Salinas region of California. Their advice is to not eat any lettuce grown in Salinas. They go on to say don’t eat any lettuce whose label doesn’t say where it was grown.

An outbreak in April 2018 in the States made 200 people ill and claimed 5 lives. That outbreak was traced to water contaminated with cow faeces (poo).

This time so far 40 people have been reported sick in 16 states. Health officials say it is the same strain of E.Coli seen in previous outbreaks.

Why should we worry about Lettuce food poisoning in the UK?

It’s clearly a nasty situation and it’s sad that Americans have to worry about this,. But unless you’ve got friends or relatives in the states it isn’t really anything to lose sleep over is it? Sadly that’s not the case. The UK imports 75% of its fruit and veg. Whilst it’s true that we import most of our veg from Europe we also import from other countries, including the USA. Add to that the fact the in the states it’s not compulsory to label the origin of vegetables. In fact the American lettuce industry is only doing this voluntarily. So you can see there is reason to be cautious.

Read more about the latest American outbreak of contaminated Romain Lettuce

Why Are There So Many Food Poisoning Outbreaks Linked to Romaine Lettuce?

All raw food is susceptible to contamination from dirty water. This means that cleaning raw foods must be done to a very high standard. However the delicate nature of Romaine lettuce and its highly corrugated leaf surfaces make it very hard to clean. Then those finely corrugated surfaces make an ideal home for bacteria. You can find out more in this article: You might just want to stop eating Romain Lettuce once you’ve read this

What should I do if I think I’ve got food poisoning?

See a doctor as soon as possible. E. Coli can be very serious, especially for young people, older people and people with poor health.

Get legal advice straight away. We hope you only have a very mild infection and recover quickly. However if it turns out to be more serious you may well want or need to take action against whoever was responsible for your food poisoning. It’s very important act quickly as it can be hard to prove responsibility and critical evidence can fade very quickly.

You will need expert legal advice. It can be tricky to prove responsibility, and you need to know what to look for and how to gather the right evidence. This is specialist work and we at O’Neill solicitors have built up a lot of expertise in this area. In fact Food Poisoning is our main speciality.

For free initial advice please call 01535 958 778, email us, or use the contact form on this page.

 

Food poisoning payout: £15,000

‘Staff were spitting by food processor’.

A woman who suffered the effects of this food poisoning for over a year has been awarded over £15,000 food poisoning payout by the High Court.

The High Court heard how Zehour Chelfat had chronic food poisoning after eating at Chaudhry’s Restaurant in Edmonton, London.

The judge described how, within hours of eating at the restaurant, Ms Chelfat suffered severe stomach pains and stomach acid reflux. The pain persisted causing sleep disruption for over three months. She also suffered diarrhoea and constipation for 12 months, with nausea and loss of energy continuing for 18 months.

Appalling conditions at Buffet Restaurant lead to substantial food poisoning payout

The judge said Ms Chelfat saw prepared curries being stored in a cupboard rather than a fridge. She then saw these curries placed in an oven for a only a few seconds and then poured into the keep-warm buffet dishes. Staff were wearing casual and unhygienic clothes. She saw fresh fruit mixed with contaminated or rotten fruit to make fruit juice. Ms Chelfat even saw one staff member spitting in the area where the fruit and fruit processor were kept.

Fireball Curry and ‘Funny’ Orange juice

Ms Chelfat has taken a couple of spoons of curry from the buffet and judge Mr Justice Murray said: “She described the curry as afflicting her throat like a ‘fireball’. She was also given an orange juice but found that it tasted ‘funny’ and did not finish it.”

Ms Chalfat’s unhappy experience underlines that food poisoning can have serious long term consequences. You really need an expert in food poisoning claims who understands all aspects of this unpleasant and potentially life altering illness.

You can ring us on 01535 958778 or fill in the form on this page. We’ll get back to you asap.

Find out how to make a food poisoning claim

You can read the case here and also in the Caterer

Hummus salmonella scare – products recalled from UK supermarkets

hummus salmonella scare

UK hummus salmonella scare products recall

Last week’s hummus recall has been extended. Zorba Delicacies manufacture a range of hummus products and originally recalled products with use-by dates of 7 November. This has now been extended to November 17th.

The full list of recalled hummus products can be read on the Food Standards Agency website. The manufacturer supplies Aldi, Morrisons, Lidl, Asda and Sainsburys. Their products are also sold be John Lewis, Iceland, Booker, Spar, Safeway and the Real Deli. A Nando’s product is also affected.

The products were recalled because of concerns over potential salmonella contamination.

According to Zorba Delicacies further testing of the suspected ingredient had “resulted in a new presumptive indication of the presence of salmonella in a sample of the ingredient”.

“We immediately alerted the FSA [Food Standard Agency] and our customers of this finding.

“While this will not be confirmed, for certain, until further testing has been completed, and despite all other samples being totally clear, we have taken the precautionary step of recalling additional hummus items based on this presumptive result.”

Salmonella poisoning can be very serious

If you think you have Salmonella from eating affected Hummus products, or for any other reason, you should contact a medical practitioner immediately.

For more information please read our article on Salmonella poisoning

Food Allergen product recall

Food Allergens, can you trust labels?

  • There have been reports in the press recently about food product recalls, many of which are for incorrect allergen labelling.
  • Waitrose, Lidl, Aldi and Boots have all pulled mislabelled foods.
  • These include ice cream, crisps, flapjacks, coleslaw and more.
Food Allergen Waitrose recall Waitrose Sour Cream and Chive mix

Food Allergens: Waitrose recall Waitrose Sour Cream and Chive mix

There has been a spate of food product recalls due to mislabelling or concerns over hygiene standards. Examples of foods recalled due to inadequate food allergen labelling include:

  • Lidl GB has recalled Alpenfest Pretzel Ice Cream because it contains 5 allergens that are not labelled in English.
  • Waitrose is recalling Waitrose Sour Cream and Chive mix. This is because it contains wheat which is not listed on the label. So this poses a risk to anyone with an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten.

Recalls are not just for inadequate labelling

The recalls are not limited to mislabelled foods and the health threat they pose to people with a food allergen. There are also risks to health due to contamination with bacteria that are known to cause food poisoning. For example Soupologie have recalled three varieties of their soups because they may contain Listeria monocytogenes. This is very serious because 20 to 30% of listeriosis infections in high-risk individuals may be fatal.

Other foods have been recalled due to contamination with foreign objects such as metal or plastics. The list is too long to go into, but you can read the full list by following the link at the foot of this article. For us, who regularly represent people who have had food poisoning, and have seen the distress and suffering it can cause, this is a grave situation. We can only call again for stringent enforcement of food labelling and food hygiene standards in the preparation of  food.

For those who have food allergens it only underlines yet again that, sadly, you have to take extreme care when buying any prepared foods. Sometimes it seems that the only safe way to proceed is to just eat food that you have prepared and made yourself from fresh ingredients. This begs the question – who in our modern world has the time or the money to live in that manner?

If you or a loved one has had food poisoning from any commercial outlet, including hospitals and medical premises, we may be able to help you. Please feel free to get in contact. We’ll give you a quick and fair assessment of whether you can make a claim for compensation.

You can ring us on 01535 958778 or fill in the form on this page. We’ll get back to you asap.

Read the full list of products recalled.

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/shopping/lidl-asda-waitrose-tell-shoppers-17075897

Find out more about making a cliam for food poisoning or allergic / anaphylactic reaction

food allergy death for British boy in Italy

A seven year boy, Cameron Wahid, died after a food allergy reaction to spaghetti on holiday in Italy.

After a four year fight to get satisfaction for their awful loss the restaurant owner has been given a two year suspended sentence. The family were awarded £288,000 compensation.

Waiter was warned about food allergy

Cameron went into anaphylactic shock and collapsed after eating a pasta meal in a restaurant near Amalfi in Italy. The boy’s Mother, Cassandra Wahid, told a waiter that Cameron couldn’t eat any dairy products. But the waiter didn’t understand this and Cameron was served pasta that contained dairy products. This was because the tomato sauce contained milk.

Cameron’s father, Riz Wahid said. “We were always so careful about letting everyone know about the severity of Cameron’s allergy because it was such a danger for him.

“I feel compelled to do everything I can, so that nobody else has to watch their child die as we did.

“No amount of money will never make up for what we have been through and our hope is that now these proceedings are over lessons will be learned so that other people with allergies do not suffer the same fate.”

The news of this sad case echoes the recent case of the death of teenager Owen Cary from a similar situation. Despite making staff aware of his dairy allergy Owen Cary was served with chicken marinated in buttermilk. He too suffered an anaphylactic reaction and died from his severe allergic response.

Food allergen information on menus must be improved

It’s clear that anyone with a food allergy must take extreme care when eating out. You cannot rely on an informal conversation with staff as this is exactly what happened in both these tragic cases. Also in both cases the court found that food allergen information on the menu was insufficient or not prominent enough. We again call for regulations for the inclusion of food allergen information on menus must be clear, full, and prominently displayed.

If you or a loved one has had food poisoning from any commercial outlet, including hospitals and medical premises, we may be able to help you. Please feel free to get in contact. We’ll give you a quick and fair assessment of whether you can make a claim for compensation. You can ring us on 01535 958778 or fill in the form on this page. We’ll get back to you asap.

See more info in our page on anaphylactic shock

Read more:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/children/11971144/British-boy-dies-after-allergic-reaction-during-family-meal-in-Italy.html

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/children/11971144/British-boy-dies-after-allergic-reaction-during-family-meal-in-Italy.html

Salmonella: 100 cases in last three years

Over 100 cases of salmonella poisoning from UK eggs in last three years

Dozens of people have been poisoned after eating British eggs contaminated with one of the most dangerous forms of salmonella.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed this shocking state of affairs on September 20th 2019. According to the Agency there has been 100 cases over the last three years. 45 of these are from a serious outbreak in January 2019. Health officials traced this outbreak back to contaminated eggs and poultry farms.

The government’s food safety watchdog, the Food Standards Agency (FSA), had issued assurances in 2017 that it was safe to east raw or lightly cooked eggs that bore the British Lion stamp. The government has failed to issue any public warnings since then. This is despite 25 flocks testing positive for salmonella this year, seven of them with dangerous strains. Two egg packing factories, one of which supplies leading supermarkets, have also been contaminated. The 2019 results are not isolated and the situation seems to be getting worse. In 2018 28 flocks tested positive, four of them with dangerous strains.

Public Health England (PHE) told the investigation that it had been investigating this situation for three years.

The Bureau said: “This means that PHE knew of poisoning cases even as the FSA declared that almost all eggs produced in the UK were free of salmonella, and that it was safe once again for those vulnerable to infection to eat raw eggs.”

If you or anyone you know thinks you may have salmonella it is essential to see a doctor as soon as possible.  You should also inform the Environmental Health Office so that they can take appropriate action.

If you have got salmonella from eating take away or restaurant food you should seek advice from a qualified solicitor. You may have a case for making a claim for compensation. We are experts on all types of food poisoning claims.

Please see our article on how to claim for salmonella food poisoning

Here is the original article from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Teenager died from allergic reaction eating at Byron Burger

The teen, Owen Cary, had made the staff aware that he had food allergies. Yet a Coroner’s enquiry found that a teenager’s tragic death was caused by an anaphylactic  reaction to buttermilk in a chicken burger. The coroner’s court was told that the menu didn’t mention that the chicken had been marinated in buttermilk, a dairy food allergen.

The Coroner stated that current policy left too much room for error. However Byron’s technical manager, responsible for food safety training, said “If you have an allergy you should be asking for information and the team would be able to provide that information in the allergy guide.”

The deceased was not informed there were allergens in the food ordered

The assistant coroner, Briony Ballards, ruling stated:

” The deceased made serving staff aware of his allergies. But the menu… made no reference to any marinade or potential allergenic ingredient in the food selected.

“The deceased was not informed that there were allergens in the order. However the food served to and consumed by the deceased contained dairy. This caused the deceased to suffer a severe anaphylactic reaction from which he died.”

The parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died after eating a Pret A Manger baguette, called the ruling a “landmark judgement”.

Clodagh Bradley QC, representing Carey’s family, from Crowborough, East Sussex said that the allergy information was hard to read on the menu. This was because the information was on the back cover and printed in black on a blue background.

Owen Carey’s mother called on the government to change the law. She said ” We hope we can bring about change with Owen’s Law for better allergen labelling in restaurants.”

Francis O’Neill, our principal solicitor, said “This case shows how vital it is to make staff aware of any specific allergen requirements. But it also shows that the law needs to be even clearer about food allergen labelling and information. This need to be put clearly and where it can be seen on menus, and not in small type on the back . It seems even the staff were unaware the burger contained allergens – with fatal consequences”.

If you or a loved one has had food poisoning from any commercial outlet, including hospitals and medical premises, we may be able to help you. Please feel free to get in contact. We’ll give you a quick and fair assessment of whether you can make a claim for compensation. You can ring us on 01535 958778 or fill in the form on this page. We’ll get back to you asap.

This article is compiled from publicly available press reports.  The information is published in good faith but we cannot vouch for its truth or accuracy. Please seek appropriate qualified medical or legal advice before taking any action. 

Please see our article about anaphylactic shock.

Pru Leith leads hospital food review

Major Review of Hospital Food after Listeria Deaths

The government has asked Celebrity Great British Bake Off chef Pru Leith to lead a major new review of hospital catering. The review follows the tragic deaths of 6 people in a listeria outbreak hospitals across the UK. The outbreak came from people eating pre-packaged food supplied to hospitals.

The review will;

  • focus on driving up quality to make healthier and more sustainable meals
  • reduce dependence on prepacked sandwiches and salads,
  • examine whether catering should be brought in-house
  • and establish national standards.

17 initiatives since 2000 and no discernible improvement in hospital food

The announcement has been met with a jaded response in some quarters as other famous chefs have been involved in similar reviews over many years;  Albert Roux was asked more than 25 years ago, then Lloyd Grossman, Heston Blumenthal and recently James Martin. However a 2013 a report found that over £50m has been wasted on failed schemes to improve food quality in hospitals. Previous schemes relied on hospitals to voluntarily follow recommended standards. The 2013 report concluded that hospitals need national quality standards to be enforced for any improvement to occur.

Fresh locally sourced food is aim of the review

Outsourcing is one of the key issues the report is expected to address. But not every hospital has the capacity to provide  in-house catering. Given that many hospitals spend £3 per meal, building kitchens and meeting the specific dietary requirements of individual patients will be very challenging for many hospitals.

Lucy Watson chair of the Patients Association said ‘across the country the consistency of the quality of food provided for patients… is very variable… this review, trying to bring fresh food and food prepared on-site back into our local hospitals is very welcome’.

Rob Percival head of food policy at the Soil Association which has a programme called Food For Life which supports NHS hospitals said ‘we know that it’s possible to serve freshly prepared high quality meals… in a cost neutral manner and the feedback from patients.. has been hugely positive’.

Pru Leith said; “Over the years, I’ve campaigned quite often with different organisations about hospital food because it seems to me so obvious that if you’re in a hospital you need to be fed healthily. Food is medicine.”

If you or a loved one has had food poisoning from any commercial outlet, including hospitals and medical premises, we may be able to help you. Please feel free to get in contact and we’ll give you a quick and fair assessment of whether you can make a claim for compensation. You can ring us on 01535 958778 or fill in the form on this page. We’ll get back to you asap.

Dining out Gluten free in the UK

Eating Out for Coeliacs in the UK

It’s a tough call being coeliac. At O’Neill Injury Solicitors we know this from personal experience. It’s a large part of the reason why we specialise in helping people who’ve suffered from consuming food with allergens. We know how serious the consequences can be.

So it’s great to find anything that may make life a bit less stressful. This article is a bit of a shout-out to one such organisation, Coeliac UK, the national UK charity for coeliacs.

They recently published a list of national restaurants that have been awarded their strict GF accreditation. So we hope they will like us sharing this really helpful information to an audience that doesn’t necessarily know of Coeliac UK or their Gluten Free Standard accreditation scheme.

Look out for the Coeliac UK Gluten Free accreditation symbol in restaurants, cafes and takeaway. If you can’t see it ask if they are Gluten Free accredited.

UK Restaurants that have GF accreditation

  • Browns
  • Carluccios
  • Cote Brasserie
  • Domino’s
  • Frankie & Benny’s
  • Handmade Burger co
  • Hard Rock Café
  • Miller & Carter
  • Pho
  • Pizza Hut restaurants and delivery
  • PizzaExpress
  • Prezzo

As ever it’s only wise to check that the restaurant you want to use still has GF accreditation, so ring in advance or look for the symbol displayed in the restaurant. If you can’t see it then it’s best ask to be sure they still carry the accreditation.

For more information on eating out gluten free please go to https://www.coeliac.org.uk/information-and-support/your-gluten-free-hub/venue-guide/

If you or a loved one has had food poisoning from a commercial outlet we may be able to help you. Please feel free to get in contact and we’ll give you a quick and fair assessment of whether you can make a claim for compensation. You can ring us on 01535 958778 or fill in the form on this page. We’ll get back to you asap.