The life of a food blogger has many risks- there's always the risk of chefs and restaurateurs getting mad at you for photographing their food, the risk of putting on the dreaded bloggers bulge and of course, with eating out a lot, an increased risk of food poisoning.
Food poisoning is said to affect about 5 million Aussies every year and this year, unfortunately, I'm one of them.
On Valentines Day Night, C and I decided to get some take away rather than dine out. Basically both of us had left it too late to book somewhere we actually wanted to go and I could not be bothered to cook. We went, picked up our takeaway, had a nice bottle of tempranillo and then we retired to the balcony to catch a breeze. About 45 minutes after dinner, mid- sentence, I started to get the most intense, sudden cramping ever. Needless to say a trip to the bathroom was required where I spent the next couple of hours hugging a bucket and the toilet alternatively (or both at the same time). Too much information? Well sorry, but I want you to get the point. It really sucked.
I had to ask some advice on twitter (stay hydrated and go to the doctor if it lasts longer than 24 hours or is really serious) as I couldn't get onto my Mum and heard so many stories from people tweeting me back with their own food poisoning stories.
Luckily C didn't eat the same dish that I did, so he was spared, which was lucky for him, and really lucky for me because he had to look after me! So- apart from getting some maxalon off a nurse friend of mine, trying to drink fluids and placing a bucket beside the bed, I didn't really do much about it. I ummed and ahhed- should I or shouldn't I ring the establishment to let them know?
Before you ask- I'm pretty damn sure it was food poisoning and I'm pretty damn sure it was my dinner that caused it. I'm not going to tell you where I ate, but I will tell you that it did have a seafood element.
I have had food poisoning previously which was confirmed by testing and this was a pretty similar experience. Last time, I did ring the restaurant and let them know- and they were extremely cagey. Unapologetic, unwilling to accept any responsibility, and unashamedly telling me that it couldn't have possibly been their meal that caused the poisoning as their produce is all 'fresh'. Perhaps I should forward some of the QLD Govt's cards on food safety so they can do a little bit of light reading and read up on the causes of food poisoning. Did you know that rice is responsible for a huge amount of poisoning cases every year? Even more so than more well known culprits like chicken!
After this more recent experience, I didn't end up ringing to let them know because I think that they probably would have given a similar response to the last restaurant I got food poisoning from.
So tell me readers.... have you had food poisoning?
If so, what have you done about it?
What sort of food did you get the poisoning from?
If you are a restaurateur or a hospitality worker, what is your response to people who phone up with reports of food poisoning?