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Silo cops a Slater and Gordon class action

By johnboy 25 January 2012 33

The Canberra Times brings word that, on top of terrible publicity following their salmonella outbreak, Silo bakery is being hit by a class action:

Slater and Gordon associate Jonathon May said his firm was acting for 10 people, ”with a few pending enquiries” to the firm.

”We allege that the Silo Bakery was negligent in the way it prepared and stored its food,” Mr May said.

”We allege this resulted in a number of cases of food poisoning which has had a severe impact on all our clients.

”The nature and severity of the injuries vary from client to client, but in general include severe nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, muscular pain, headaches and other complaints. Up to five of our clients were hospitalised.”

It is understood Silo Bakery has engaged its own solicitors, although proceedings have not started.

I’m curious as to what insurance they could have which would cover this distressing turn of events?

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2620watcher 9:10 pm 25 Jan 12

And one day we wake up and question why our only dining options are over processed food heated to a gazillion degrees in a microwave.

Rusalka 8:57 pm 25 Jan 12

Salmonella can occur in free-range, organic, barn laid or cage eggs. All types of egg producers try to limit the eggs to exposure, but it is common for a little bit of bacteria to happen now and then. It is then up to the buyers of eggs to either cook them, or keep them refrigerated.

As much as Silo has tried to blame this on free-range eggs, thus putting a scare campaign on that industry instead of them, as a restaurant/cafe bakery they are responsible for handling their produce and ingredients correctly.

They have every right to try and take the egg supplier to court too if they wish, but it comes down to the fact that if you use homemade mayo, you keep it in the goddamn fridge unless you want you or your customers to get sick. Not rocket science.

el 8:14 pm 25 Jan 12

Leinna said :

In what way was Silo negligent? Salmonella came from the raw eggs in the mayonnaise … not from faulty food hygiene practices … unless using raw eggs is a faulty food hygiene practice!

Insufficient refrigeration is most certainly a ‘faulty food hygiene practice’ when handling/serving real mayonnaise containing uncooked eggs.

WhyTheLongFace 7:37 pm 25 Jan 12

Just reading ‘Slater & Gordon’ tells you all you need to know. Nothing like some free money!

Leinna 7:17 pm 25 Jan 12

In what way was Silo negligent? Salmonella came from the raw eggs in the mayonnaise … not from faulty food hygiene practices … unless using raw eggs is a faulty food hygiene practice!

r1 7:02 pm 25 Jan 12

The experiencing first hand the way many Canberra eating establishments treat their chefs and apprentices , i’m surprised this kind of outbreak doesn’t happen more often , either from spitefully wanting to cause damage to the business or just not giving a stuff!

matt31221 5:16 pm 25 Jan 12

Peptis said :

devils_advocate said :

I’m assuming nothing. Note my emphasis on the word IF in my original post.

Your original post said: “If the business can’t give a credible offer of safety (and I say IF), then it should be removed from the market one way or another.” If Silo did indeed handle all their food properly then I would argue that they have done all that they can in order to “give a credible offer of safety”. I don’t see how your emphasis on “IF” is at all relevant in this context.

devils_advocate said :

In any case, public liability doesn’t get anyone off the hook anyway. The insurance company can (and arguably will) go looking for someone to blame, assuming it is liable. Also in food poisoning cases, it can be hard to prove that the poisoning originated from the defendant especially if one person, but in the present case if there’s 10 people all coming down with a case of the same poisoning who ate at the same place on the same day (and possibly at the same menu item) then that probably gets them across the line on the ‘balance of probabilities’ test.

The important point isn’t whether the food poisoning came from Silo, I think that’s pretty well established—what needs to be proven is that Silo actually did anything wrong with their handling of the food. Until you prove that then I don’t see how they should be liable for any damages.

Hi Graham!

devils_advocate 4:55 pm 25 Jan 12

Peptis said :

devils_advocate said :

The important point isn’t whether the food poisoning came from Silo, I think that’s pretty well established—what needs to be proven is that Silo actually did anything wrong with their handling of the food. Until you prove that then I don’t see how they should be liable for any damages.

I dont’ think that’s the legal test. The supply of the food was between Silo and the consumers, so they are the proximate cause. The S&G case refers to negligence in preparation. Does cooking the eggs reduce the risk of salmonella poisoning? If so, and they are using raw eggs in the mayo, then the onus is on them to make doubly sure that the ingredients are safe, or face the consequences. Anyway I suppose more will come out when the relevant claims are filed.

NoImRight 4:54 pm 25 Jan 12

Well if it goes to real court then Silo will get the chance to have their say too.

EvanJames 4:46 pm 25 Jan 12

devils_advocate said :

When I hand my money over for food, I certainly expect it to be safe to eat.

If the business can’t give a credible offer of safety (and I say IF), then it should be removed from the market one way or another.

I reckon all food businesses need to hire Tasters. They had ’em in the palaces of egypt. If Claudius had used one for his mushrooms, he’d still be alive today.

Peptis 4:42 pm 25 Jan 12

devils_advocate said :

I’m assuming nothing. Note my emphasis on the word IF in my original post.

Your original post said: “If the business can’t give a credible offer of safety (and I say IF), then it should be removed from the market one way or another.” If Silo did indeed handle all their food properly then I would argue that they have done all that they can in order to “give a credible offer of safety”. I don’t see how your emphasis on “IF” is at all relevant in this context.

devils_advocate said :

In any case, public liability doesn’t get anyone off the hook anyway. The insurance company can (and arguably will) go looking for someone to blame, assuming it is liable. Also in food poisoning cases, it can be hard to prove that the poisoning originated from the defendant especially if one person, but in the present case if there’s 10 people all coming down with a case of the same poisoning who ate at the same place on the same day (and possibly at the same menu item) then that probably gets them across the line on the ‘balance of probabilities’ test.

The important point isn’t whether the food poisoning came from Silo, I think that’s pretty well established—what needs to be proven is that Silo actually did anything wrong with their handling of the food. Until you prove that then I don’t see how they should be liable for any damages.

XO_VSOP 4:24 pm 25 Jan 12

The word from the tuck shop lady is talk to is they are looking at selling …. For a half the orginal value which was a pretentious figure.

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