Have You Had Food Poisoning Whilst on Holiday?

We know that when you are preparing to go on holiday the last thing you are thinking about is becoming ill whilst you are away. Unfortunately, this happens all too often to holidaymakers and turns what was a peaceful, relaxing getaway into an awful experience.

According to the UK government, there are over one million cases of food poisoning every year, with many of these occurring whilst abroad.

At Holiday SOS we understand that you have worked hard to save money to go on holiday, which is why if you do become ill, we want to help you claim compensation for your illness and recover some of the costs of your trip.

According to Public Health England, people who have travelled to Mexico recently have been particularly affected, with 204 cases reported in the UK during June and July 2016, but there are other hot-spots for holiday illnesses in which travellers are advises to take care over what they eat and drink.

What Causes Food Poisoning?

Food poisoning is a common illness that holidaymakers suffer from when they consume food that is infected with bacteria, chemicals, parasites or viruses. It can be picked up from any destination or resort from around the world and can have symptoms that can ruin your holiday.

There are many different causes of food poisoning, however it primarily occurs when food has not been stored, prepared or cooked properly. The bacteria that infects food does not always alter the smell, taste or appearance which means it is incredibly difficult to know if it is infected before you eat it. It is advised to be especially careful when on holiday, when eating and drinking in particular.

What Are The Symptoms of Food Poisoning?

Symptoms can affect people in different ways and usually become apparent one to three days after infected food or drink has been consumed.

If you have experienced three or more of the following symptoms at any one time then it is likely that you have suffered from food poisoning:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhoea
  • Mild fever
  • Weakness

Is There A Treatment?

In the majority of cases the food poisoning is not severe enough to warrant any medical treatment and the person who has contracted it will usually have to wait for the illness to pass through them. If someone has become dehydrated or in cases where the symptoms have become extreme, you are advised to seek medical attention.

Can You Claim Compensation For Food Poisoning?

Yes, you can make a compensation claim for food poisoning provided that the illness occurred within the last three years. If you were on a packaged holiday and ate mainly at the hotel or resort restaurant then generally, claims are more straightforward.

If you are unsure on whether you can make a claim or not, then contact our team today on 0800 046 999 5, or request a callback, and we will be happy to advise on the situation.

How Can You Avoid Food Poisoning in The Future?

According to the NHS, the best way to avoid food poisoning is to ensure high standards are maintained in personal and food hygiene when storing, handling and preparing meals.

When you are abroad it may seem quite difficult to avoid if you are not preparing the food yourself, but there are a few tips you can follow to reduce your chances of contracting it:

  • Ensure food is thoroughly cooked and still piping hot when it is served
  • Avoid uncooked food or food that has been kept warm
  • Be careful with fish, uncooked fish is one of the biggest contaminators
  • Avoid salad as this may have been washed in contaminated water
  • Only drink bottled or sterile water
  • Do not have ice in your drink unless it has be made using sterile or bottled water

If you would like to speak to our team about a case of food poisoning that you have suffered from and start the claims process then you can contact us today on 0800 046 999 5.


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Why Holiday-SOS?

  • We can help you to claim compensation for illness caused by a hotel’s poor attention to hygiene
  • We operate on a no win, no fee basis
  • We have been helping clients for over 25 years
  • We have a dedicated team of lawyers who are specialists in holiday illness claims
  • We will support and advise you throughout every stage of the claims process