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Luxury hotel fined after three people contracted Campylobacter

Magistrates fined hotel £36,500 after food poisoning incident

Campylobacter bacteria

23 January 2012

Caterer & Hotelkeeper has reported that Aldershot Magistrates Court has fined luxury four-red-AA star Tylney Hall hotel in Rotherwick, Hampshire a total of £36, 500 after three of its guests were struck down with campylobacter food poisoning at a Christmas party.

The hotel admitted a number of food hygiene charges, including selling cheese after its use-by date, twice placing unsafe chicken liver parfait on the market, and failing to ensure that food handlers were supervised, instructed and trained in food hygiene matters commensurate with their work. The hotel was charged with failing make sure that food was cooked at the proper temperature, failing to keep adequate records and a lack of stock rotation and food delivery checks.

What is campylobacter food poisoning?

Food poisoning can be caused by Campylobacter bacteria which results in  symptoms including  diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pains and cramps, fever, and generally feeling unwell. It is the commonest cause of food poisoning in Britain and is usually contracted by eating contaminated food. Campylobacter is found in most raw poultry and is common in raw meat. Children under five years of age, and those over 60 are at greater risk of contracting this type of food poisoning.

Leigh Day and food poisoning claims

Solicitor Michelle Victor has successfully claimed compensation of behalf of people who have been infected with the Campylobacter bacteria whilst staying at a four star hotel.  She says of this incident:

"It is imperative that food is cooked at the proper temperature, adequate records, stock rotation and food delivery checks are done regularly to avoid exposing the public to food which is contaminated. Where reports of illness are reported, it is important that investigations are carried out quickly and punitive sanctions are imposed where necessary."

If you would like to speak to Michelle about a possible claim relating to food poisoning please contact her on 020 7650 1141 for a free and confidential initial consultation.

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