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Holiday Ruined by Poor Food Hygiene Standards at Hotel

Image of uncovered buffet food

We recently took instruction from a client who was struck down with holiday illness whilst in Egypt.

4* Magic Life Sharm

Our client, Susan, stayed at the 4* Magic Life Sharm in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt for 7 days in October 2015. The holiday was booked as an all-inclusive package deal with tour operator TUI UK.

As Susan had opted for an all-inclusive stay, the price of all of her meals and drinks were included when booking and were provided by the hotel.

However when Susan attended the restaurant for her first meal, she noticed that hygiene standards were not to an appropriate standard. Our client reports:

• Buffet style food service which was tepid in temperature
• A high number of flies and insects around the eating area
• Meat and fish products were partially cooked and appeared to be reheated
• Certain foods were often recycled for use in other meals
• The temperature of the buffet food was not monitored by staff
• Hot food was added to trays containing cooler food of the same type

Aside from the food, Susan noted that the drinks served to hotel guests appeared to be watered down and contained ice cubes, which she suspects were made using local tap water.

Severe Gastric Illness

Unfortunately our client contracted a severe gastric illness just a few days after eating at the hotel restaurant for the first time. Susan complained of suffering with symptoms including severe diarrhoea, stomach pains and vomiting, as well as feeling nauseous.

Susan’s symptoms lasted for a total of 12 days. Day to day activities were restricted whilst away, and this did not improve upon our client’s return to the UK. Overall, Susan’s week long holiday to Egypt was completely ruined.

Our team of expert Travel Law solicitors secured a total of £2,000 compensation for Susan on this occasion.

Holiday Illness Claims – Expert Advice

If you believe that your holiday illness symptoms are linked to poor hygiene standards within your package deal hotel, you may be entitled to holiday illness compensation. There are certain steps that you could take in support of your claim:

•Note all important dates
•Report any hygiene issues to your holiday rep
•Document any suspected poor hygiene (e.g. photo, video)

For further information on holiday sickness compensation, please take a look at our ‘Package Holiday Claims’ page.

To discover how much compensation you could be entitled to, call our expert team of travel law solicitors today for instant answers. Whatever your experience with holiday sickness, we may be able to help. Whatever your experience with holiday sickness, we may be able to help. We offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

£3,800 Secured for Food Poisoning Abroad

Image of coral under the sea in Egypt

Our team of dedicated Travel Law solicitors were recently instructed by a holidaymaker who suffered such severe food poisoning whilst in Egypt that she had to be hospitalised upon her return home.

Lisa Cooper booked a week long stay at the 4* Coral Sea Water World Resort in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, for the end of September/beginning of October last year. The holiday was booked as an all-inclusive package deal with tour operators TUI UK.

‘Food served partially cooked’

Unfortunately for Mrs Cooper, the cleanliness of the hotel restaurant was not to an acceptable standard. The buffet style food service available was often tepid in temperature and dishes were left uncovered for extended periods of time. According to Mrs Cooper, meat and fish products were served partially cooked and appeared to have been reheated and she saw hot food food being added to trays containing cooler food of the same type. Our client suspects that with the latter in mind, certain foods were recycled for use in other meals.

Mrs Cooper also noted that kitchen and restaurant staff were not wearing gloves when handling food products, nor did staff monitor the temperature of the buffet food before it was served to guests.

Furthermore, our client reports that a high volume of flies and insects could be seen around the eating areas and the uncovered food.

Holiday illness – food poisoning

Only a few days into her stay at the Coral Sea Water World hotel, Mrs Cooper began to suffer with various symptoms related to food poisoning. Our client complained of severe diarrhoea – which often contained blood; abdominal cramps; nausea and a high temperature.

Mrs Cooper did not seek medical attention whilst in Egypt as due to the seriousness of her symptoms, she was confined to her hotel room for the latter part of the holiday. Upon Mrs Cooper’s return to the UK however, she sought advice from her GP. Our client was immediately admitted to hospital where she was administered fluids in the form of an IV drip.

While Mrs Cooper’s more serious symptoms subsided after around 5 days, the minor symptoms she suffered lasted for a total of 60 days. As a result, our client was required to take 2 months sick leave from her place of employment.

Our Travel Law team secured a total of £3,800 in holiday illness compensation for Mrs Cooper.

Commenting on her overall experience and the service provided by Hampson Hughes, Mrs Cooper said:

“Stress free from start to finish!

“Fantastic service, stress free and very organised. Would recommend Hamspon Hughes to anyone and I was kept up to date the whole way through.”

Holiday Illness Claims – Expert Advice

If you believe that your holiday illness symptoms are linked to poor hygiene standards within your package deal hotel, you may be entitled to holiday illness compensation. There are certain steps that you could take in support of your claim:

•Note all important dates
•Report any hygiene issues to your holiday rep
•Document any suspected poor hygiene (e.g. photo, video)

For further information on holiday sickness compensation, please take a look at our ‘Package Holiday Claims’ page.

To discover how much compensation you could be entitled to, call our expert team of travel law solicitors today for instant answers. Whatever your experience with holiday sickness, we may be able to help. Whatever your experience with holiday sickness, we may be able to help. We offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.