Injuries from Foreign Objects in Food

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Under current Regulations, of which there are many, manufacturers and producers of food products have to make sure that the food they produce is fit for consumption and in merchantable quality when it is passed on to the consumer.

In a nutshell this means that they have to take precautions to make sure that there are no foreign objects in food as this could result in injury to a consumer and a foreign object in food compensation claim.

In the past those injured by a foreign object in their food had to prove a manufacturer was negligent before they could successfully sue for foreign object in food compensation.

This not only applies to food which you’ve bought from the Supermarket, it also applies to anything you find in your food when you go to a restaurant, curry house, Chinese restaurant, etc.

What is a Foreign Object in Food?

As experienced foreign object in food compensation Solicitors we have seen and dealt with all sorts of foreign object in food claims including:

  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Solidified sugar
  • Tin foil

Succeeding with Injury Claims due to foreign Objects

The Consumer Protection Act 1987 removed the need to prove negligence against the supplier.  All we have to prove is:

  1. Supply or production of the product by the Defendant
  2. A defect (the foreign object)
  3. Actionable damage (this means there must be injury or loss)

What do we argue?

As experienced foreign object in food compensation Solicitors, we would argue that the supplier was negligent and in breach of their statutory duty for a variety of reasons, such as:

  1. Allowing this product to be sold to the general public in your supermarket
  2. Failing to provide a product which was of satisfactory quality
  3. Failing to provide a product which was fit for purpose under section 14(3) Sale of Goods Act 1979
  4. Selling a defective product in breach of The Consumer Protection Act 1987
  5. Failing to have a reasonable system of inspection to ensure that foreign objects did not come to be in a product destined to be eaten

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