Food Poisoning Investigations

If your business is accused of causing food poisoning, would you know how to investigate the allegation?


Food Poisoning Destroys Businesses

Food poisoning is the main reason for implementing food safety systems. A bad case of food poisoning can be fatal, especially to pregnant women, children, the elderly and infirm. It can destroy a business overnight. Many businesses never recover from food poisoning outbreaks. It destroys reputations and can often carry heavy fines, or even imprisonment. 

There is also a moral obligation to ensure every customer who consumes your food, either in a restaurant or a manufactured product, is not harmed in doing so. 

Preventing food poisoning is a complex and detailed endeavour in any food business. It needs expert guidance and skills to ensure that every measure possible is taken to prevent a potential disaster for your business.

Hychem Food Safe can carry out detailed food poisoning investigations to help you get to the root cause of the issue.

Some W.H.O. Food Poisoning Stats

  • 1 in 10 people worldwide fall ill from food poisoning each year
  • 420,000 people die from food poisoning related illnesses annually.
  • 33 million healthy life years lost through food poisoning deaths each year
  • Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances, causes more than 200 diseases – ranging from diarrhoea to cancers.
  • Children under 5 years of age carry 40% of the food-borne disease burden, with 125, 000 deaths every year.
  • Diarrhoeal diseases are the most common illnesses resulting from the consumption of contaminated food, causing 550 million people to fall ill and
    230, 000 deaths every year.      

“Food poisoning can be life threatening, yet it is preventable with well managed food safety systems. It is the responsibility of food business owners to ensure that they do not harm consumers and put people’s lives at risk.”

Michael Mwakuwa - Food Safety Consultant, Hychem Group