A health warning has been released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) after the discovery of watermelon salmonella. Claims that the death of one UK resident and scores of food poisoning cases across Europe are due to the presence of salmonella in pre-wrapped Watermelons are being looked into by the Food Standards Agency and other international food safety authorities.
Thirty cases of food poisoning after eating watermelons have been refiled in England and Wales, with many more across Scotland, Ireland and Germany. The cause of the watermelon salmonella is thought to be a lack of hygiene during the preparation stages, with the watermelons washed in dirty water or being sliced with a knife that had not been cleaned before use.
The strain of salmonella found in the sliced and pre-packed watermelons is known as Salmonella Newport, and many of the victims who have fallen ill with vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and fever had consumed a slice of pre-packed watermelon in the three days before they became ill. It has not yet been confirmed where the infected watermelons came from, but watermelon salmonella compensation claims have been made that the produce was imported from Brazil in November 2011.
Supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose and the Co-op have been quick off the mark to issue press statements that their watermelons are free from the salmonella, however the most likely source of the infected watermelons is from snack kiosks and in cafes or restaurants where pre-packed watermelons are convenient to store and easy to serve.
Claims for watermelon salmonella compensation are extpected from those affected by the bug, and will be made against the outlet from which they bought the infected produce. One of the key things that will determine whether victims of food poisoning are eligible for watermelon salmonella compensation will be the result of a sample test given to a doctor or their GP.
As the watermelon salmonella has already claimed the life of one individual, people experiencing the initial signs of food poisoning are advised to see their doctor at the earliest possible opportunity and thereafter seek compensation claims advice from a personal injury solicitor.Read More