Diners struck down by food poisoning are taking legal action against The Real China in Eastleigh which is now at the centre of a national investigation into salmonella

The Real China is Eastleigh is at the centre of a Public Health England investigation into salmonella

The Real China is Eastleigh is at the centre of a Public Health England investigation into salmonella

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LEGAL action is being taken against a Hampshire restaurant after dozens of diners were struck down by the potentially lethal sickness bug salmonella.

The Real China in Eastleigh’s Swan Centre complex closed voluntarily on July 24 after more than 30 diners, including a three-year-old, fell ill after eating there.

And the outbreak is now part of a national investigation by Public Health England into 156 cases of salmonella nationwide.

It was revealed last night that three of those patients related to the outbreak in the West Midlands have died – but the bug was not cited as a contributing factor into two of the deaths with the third yet to be determined.

Eastleigh Borough Council’s environmental health team has also launched an investigation and has received more than 70 complaints, with 32 confirmed cases of salmonella.

Now lawyers have been called in by diners struck down by the potentially life-threatening bacteria.

The victims have asked law firms to help uncover the source of their illness and gain justice for the problems they have suffered after eating at the restaurant.

One of them, Irwin Mitchell, has a team of legal specialists with experience in representing victims of outbreaks of salmonella and other gastric illnesses.

Public health lawyer Amandeep Dhillon said: “We have seen on numerous occasions the severe impact salmonella can have on the victims in the short and longer-term, as it can often lead to the development of long-standing health conditions, from which they may never fully recover.

“As a result, the seriousness of these issues should never be underestimated and it is vital that authorities work quickly and thoroughly to determine the cause of the outbreak.”

PHE is investigating 55 cases in Hampshire, including 32 at the Real China, although it would not break down the location of the other incidents.

The investigation stretches as far as London, the West Midlands, Cheshire and Merseyside.

It said cases occurred in “isolated clusters” over several months but they could potentially be linked to a single food source.

Management at The Real China have carried out a thorough deep clean of the Swan Centre complex premises, and have reviewed their working practices.

Eastleigh Borough Council said that there is no longer a significant health risk, and the restaurant reopened on July 31.

Lawyer Chris Baxendale, of Slater & Gordon solicitors, who is representing 23-year-old victim Amanda Clothier, said: “We are now building a case against the restaurant but would appeal for anyone who suspects they too had salmonella poisoning as a result of eating at the restaurant to contact me.”

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3:03pm Sat 16 Aug 14

excusemoi says...

Reopened! Who wants to take a chance eating there? Not me. Don't care if they have so called deep cleaned,there's lots of other 'good' places to eat.
Reopened! Who wants to take a chance eating there? Not me. Don't care if they have so called deep cleaned,there's lots of other 'good' places to eat. excusemoi
  • Score: 25

3:38pm Sat 16 Aug 14

MisterTom says...

Who is the owner of the Restaurant? Not much info being submitted by The Daily Echo.
This was covered on this morning's national paper as well- Eastleigh was being mentioned.
Who is the owner of the Restaurant? Not much info being submitted by The Daily Echo. This was covered on this morning's national paper as well- Eastleigh was being mentioned. MisterTom
  • Score: 9

3:48pm Sat 16 Aug 14

likewatchingbrazil says...

should get done for attempted manslaughter
should get done for attempted manslaughter likewatchingbrazil
  • Score: -18

4:02pm Sat 16 Aug 14

forest hump says...

Not too sure of their business acumen on the re-open decision. Cases like this should result in any food prep and trading licences being revoked until otherwise proven. Let's hope punters vote with their feet!
Not too sure of their business acumen on the re-open decision. Cases like this should result in any food prep and trading licences being revoked until otherwise proven. Let's hope punters vote with their feet! forest hump
  • Score: 9

4:16pm Sat 16 Aug 14

saintinpattaya says...

If you read the article it is saying that the supply is the source of salmonella, with related cases spread nationally.
I still would not like to eat there but we take a risk in any place we eat concerning hygiene standard's.
If you read the article it is saying that the supply is the source of salmonella, with related cases spread nationally. I still would not like to eat there but we take a risk in any place we eat concerning hygiene standard's. saintinpattaya
  • Score: 17

4:25pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Abkhazsoyuz says...

MisterTom wrote:
Who is the owner of the Restaurant? Not much info being submitted by The Daily Echo.
This was covered on this morning's national paper as well- Eastleigh was being mentioned.
Xiaoyong Ding is the director of the chain, hangs out at 30, Queen Caroline Street in Hammersmith W6.
[quote][p][bold]MisterTom[/bold] wrote: Who is the owner of the Restaurant? Not much info being submitted by The Daily Echo. This was covered on this morning's national paper as well- Eastleigh was being mentioned.[/p][/quote]Xiaoyong Ding is the director of the chain, hangs out at 30, Queen Caroline Street in Hammersmith W6. Abkhazsoyuz
  • Score: 10

4:59pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Graeme Harrison says...

likewatchingbrazil wrote:
should get done for attempted manslaughter
Except, of course, there's no such offence in English law.
[quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: should get done for attempted manslaughter[/p][/quote]Except, of course, there's no such offence in English law. Graeme Harrison
  • Score: 22

7:25pm Sat 16 Aug 14

hayz90 says...

it sounds like its not them its a batch they have used as not just there has been affected loads people across hampshire has come down with it
it sounds like its not them its a batch they have used as not just there has been affected loads people across hampshire has come down with it hayz90
  • Score: 8

8:32pm Sat 16 Aug 14

House Sparrow says...

Graeme Harrison wrote:
likewatchingbrazil wrote:
should get done for attempted manslaughter
Except, of course, there's no such offence in English law.
Oh yes there is
[quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: should get done for attempted manslaughter[/p][/quote]Except, of course, there's no such offence in English law.[/p][/quote]Oh yes there is House Sparrow
  • Score: -6

8:42pm Sat 16 Aug 14

House Sparrow says...

House Sparrow wrote:
Graeme Harrison wrote:
likewatchingbrazil wrote:
should get done for attempted manslaughter
Except, of course, there's no such offence in English law.
Oh yes there is
Sorry - need to read more carefully!
[quote][p][bold]House Sparrow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: should get done for attempted manslaughter[/p][/quote]Except, of course, there's no such offence in English law.[/p][/quote]Oh yes there is[/p][/quote]Sorry - need to read more carefully! House Sparrow
  • Score: 6

8:49pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Allthismoaningisseriouslydepressing! says...

Doesn't surprise me, my partner and myself ate there a few weeks back before going to the cinema. I just had some noodles, and started to choke on something hard which turned out to be part of a wooden skewer. I would not go there again!
Doesn't surprise me, my partner and myself ate there a few weeks back before going to the cinema. I just had some noodles, and started to choke on something hard which turned out to be part of a wooden skewer. I would not go there again! Allthismoaningisseriouslydepressing!
  • Score: 0

10:08pm Sat 16 Aug 14

andyfc says...

Our 6 year old son had samonella from the real China and has been poorly for the last 3 weeks, this is a awful illness a d has knocked him for 6 can't believe this place is still open and people r still allowed 2 eat in there. Shutting it down 2 give it a deep clean it's a restaurant it should b clean anyway. Absolute shocking we went there with another family so there were 7 of us in total me and my other half were the only ones that got away with not getting salmonella
Our 6 year old son had samonella from the real China and has been poorly for the last 3 weeks, this is a awful illness a d has knocked him for 6 can't believe this place is still open and people r still allowed 2 eat in there. Shutting it down 2 give it a deep clean it's a restaurant it should b clean anyway. Absolute shocking we went there with another family so there were 7 of us in total me and my other half were the only ones that got away with not getting salmonella andyfc
  • Score: 2

10:36pm Sat 16 Aug 14

carolinev says...

Hi, I'm new here to all this and I ate at the Real China last Thurs night, the 14th Aug, 4 of us went there to eat, not knowing ANYTHING about this and it was empty but we had that buffet thing and the food was horrendous, I ate a little bit. I had stomach ache before we left, and got home about 11.30pm and literally spent the entire night and Friday morning throwing up. I ate nothing all day yesterday and spent most of the day in bed with stomach cramps. I am making the correlation between my illness and what I ate there. I then discovered that this restaurant has a reputation for bad food which is beyond frightening, AND the fact that they are now allowed to open again after being closed down for a short period of time...... I'm just in disbelief about it
Hi, I'm new here to all this and I ate at the Real China last Thurs night, the 14th Aug, 4 of us went there to eat, not knowing ANYTHING about this and it was empty but we had that buffet thing and the food was horrendous, I ate a little bit. I had stomach ache before we left, and got home about 11.30pm and literally spent the entire night and Friday morning throwing up. I ate nothing all day yesterday and spent most of the day in bed with stomach cramps. I am making the correlation between my illness and what I ate there. I then discovered that this restaurant has a reputation for bad food which is beyond frightening, AND the fact that they are now allowed to open again after being closed down for a short period of time...... I'm just in disbelief about it carolinev
  • Score: 3

11:02pm Sat 16 Aug 14

WotMeWorry says...

House Sparrow wrote:
Graeme Harrison wrote:
likewatchingbrazil wrote: should get done for attempted manslaughter
Except, of course, there's no such offence in English law.
Oh yes there is
In law there is only voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, there is no offence of attempted manslaughter - attempted murder yes.
[quote][p][bold]House Sparrow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: should get done for attempted manslaughter[/p][/quote]Except, of course, there's no such offence in English law.[/p][/quote]Oh yes there is[/p][/quote]In law there is only voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, there is no offence of attempted manslaughter - attempted murder yes. WotMeWorry
  • Score: 3

12:44am Sun 17 Aug 14

southy says...

Because of the out break over england and in europe it will be unlikely a case can be proven, as it seems alot of these are connected and if its a case that they all are then its will be needed to go after the suppiers
Because of the out break over england and in europe it will be unlikely a case can be proven, as it seems alot of these are connected and if its a case that they all are then its will be needed to go after the suppiers southy
  • Score: -3

9:05am Sun 17 Aug 14

good-gosh says...

I never eat Chinese – worked in Shanghai a while back and couldn’t eat their stuff - lost half a stone – then found a place that knew how to cook roast beef, yorkshire pudding, boiled potatoes and peas. Yummy.
I never eat Chinese – worked in Shanghai a while back and couldn’t eat their stuff - lost half a stone – then found a place that knew how to cook roast beef, yorkshire pudding, boiled potatoes and peas. Yummy. good-gosh
  • Score: 2

11:10am Sun 17 Aug 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Ambulance chasers involved now though,they will publicise it all the more,just to unearth a few more "cases". Cynically cashing in on other peoples misfortune.
Or should I perhaps have said..misfortune cookie?
Ambulance chasers involved now though,they will publicise it all the more,just to unearth a few more "cases". Cynically cashing in on other peoples misfortune. Or should I perhaps have said..misfortune cookie? Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 5

11:14am Sun 17 Aug 14

derek james says...

saintinpattaya wrote:
If you read the article it is saying that the supply is the source of salmonella, with related cases spread nationally.
I still would not like to eat there but we take a risk in any place we eat concerning hygiene standard's.
not really an excuse, did they get their supplies from the cheapest supplier's? did they make any effort to inspect the supplier's premises?
did they get any references from the suppliers?
what qualifications do the staff have?
are the lawyers on no win no fee? if they aren't some clients could receive a shocking legal bill and no compensation
[quote][p][bold]saintinpattaya[/bold] wrote: If you read the article it is saying that the supply is the source of salmonella, with related cases spread nationally. I still would not like to eat there but we take a risk in any place we eat concerning hygiene standard's.[/p][/quote]not really an excuse, did they get their supplies from the cheapest supplier's? did they make any effort to inspect the supplier's premises? did they get any references from the suppliers? what qualifications do the staff have? are the lawyers on no win no fee? if they aren't some clients could receive a shocking legal bill and no compensation derek james
  • Score: 0

1:08pm Sun 17 Aug 14

carolroads says...

But the answer lies in the name "Real China" and that's what they got.
But the answer lies in the name "Real China" and that's what they got. carolroads
  • Score: 2

9:48am Mon 18 Aug 14

S!monOn says...

Not surprised with these type of establishments.

A lot of food on display at very cheap prices which are then breathed on by many customers.....
Not surprised with these type of establishments. A lot of food on display at very cheap prices which are then breathed on by many customers..... S!monOn
  • Score: 1

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