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Food Poisoning Incidents

Incidents are often due to the failure or absence of simple procedures e.g. cross contamination from raw to cooked meats, cross contamination from food handlers, inadequate temperature control or more usually, a combination of factors.

Incidents in the E&P sector do not get widely reported unless they are reportable (UK Offshore) or large numbers of people are involved and are reported in the news. Incidents have occasionally been reported on offshore facilities and construction sites with up to 200 cases in a single incident on one large construction project.

Food poisoning incidents can occur anywhere — here are a few stories reported by the BBC which help to illustrate how incidents occur and some of the consequences of failure which can include fatalities.

Although, these examples are not taken from catering in the oil & gas industry, the principles and lessons learnt are still relevant.

Food safety principles are just the same in the galley of an offshore oil installation or a kitchen on a remote construction site as they are in a school canteen or a butchers shop but with one major difference — the resources and medical facilities needed to deal with an incident may not be immediately available in the location where the incident occurred.

The incidents in the UK have occurred against a background of comprehensive food legislation, training and enforcement.






Year

Country
Organism
Food
Total Cases
Deaths
Link
1996
Scotland
E.coli 0157
Cooked Meat
496
18
Scotland 1996
2003
China
Unknown
Unknown
400
0
China 2003
2004
England
Salmonella
Lettuce
144
0
England 2004
2005
Wales
E.coli 0157
Cooked Meat
168
1
Wales 20005
2007
Jersey
Norwalk virus
Sandwich lunches
40
0
Jersey 2007