Food poisoning is likely to completely ruin a holiday abroad. Not only is food-related illness debilitating, but it can also be expensive if you have to fork out for medical attention and prescriptions.
Unfortunately food poisoning, particularly Salmonella and E.coli are two of the most common causes of illness in package holiday hotels abroad, and hundreds of people each year develop symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea as a result of poor food hygiene.
Rules For Mitigating Food Poisoning Abroad Risk
However there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of suffering from food poisoningÂ abroad.
Watch What You Eat
If you are staying at an all-inclusive resort where all your meals will be eaten in the hotel complex, make sure any meat you order is well cooked. Undercooked meats can result in food poisoning, especially chicken and other types of poultry. Make sure the meat is not served with a bright red centre for example, or looks pink, especially when barbecued.
Only eat fish which is fresh and has been caught on the same day it is being served. Fish which has become contaminated or is Â´past its sell-by dateÂ´ is at high risk of causing food poisoning among hotel guests. If you are not 100% sure the fish or seafood is fresh, eat something else.
Check The Reviews For Food Poisoning Reports
Before you book an all inclusive hotel package tour, research the countries you are visiting to find out more about basic hygiene and sanitation standards. Also check hotel reviews on TripAdvisor or similar to find out what other travellers are saying about the hotel you are thinking of booking.
Observe Food and Hygiene Standards
Salmonella and E.coli food poisoning can occur at any restaurant where food hygiene is an issue. Food served in buffet style hotel restaurants should always be covered and served at the correct temperature. Salads should be displayed in a chilled cabinet or over ice, and hot food should be piping hot and not exposed to the elements and insect contamination. Different serving spoons should be provided for each dish, and servers should wear gloves. If the restaurant appears to be dirty or unhygienic, refuse to eat there and make a complaint to the holiday representative.
Contact YHC To Make Your Food Poisoning Abroad Claim
If you have suffered a holiday illness in a package hotel abroad, please contact us for free information about claiming compensation.
We have over 25 years experience successfully handling millions of pounds worth of compensation for British holidaymakers who have suffered illness or injuries abroad in a non-fault accident.
To start your claim you can talk directly to one of our holiday claim advisors by calling now onÂ 0330 100 2851.
Or, you can learn more about how our experts can help you make a food poisoning abroad claim.