Statistics show whilst a great many of us enjoy eating ‘al fresco’ from June to September, with not even the Great British weather putting us off - sadly, too many of us don’t’ adhere to what’s been termed the ‘barbecue code’. It therefore might not surprise you to learn that the barbecue season also coincides with the rise in the cases of food poisoning. Occasionally, food poisoning can be very serious and even cause death. So it’s important to prevent food poisoning with good food hygiene.
What should I do? There are three main things to consider when you have food poisoning:
Rehydration – drink plenty of fluids and perhaps use rehydration powders available from pharmacies
Medical assistance – if you are concerned about your health or the health of someone else, contact your GP for advice (especially in the case of pregnant women, elderly people, children and people who are already ill).
Reporting – if you think that your illness was caused by food prepared outside the home, report the incident to your local environmental health service.
Why is it important to report food poisoning? If you think your illness has been caused by food from a restaurant or other food business, the local environmental health department needs to know so it can investigate the business in question. If the environmental health officers find a problem with the business's food hygiene practices, and get the business to improve them, this could help prevent other people suffering from food poisoning.
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