Following a seven year court battle, an Australian judge has ordered fast-food giant KFC to pay over £5m to the family of a girl who has been left brain damaged
Monika Samaan, aged seven, had visited one of KFC’s Sydney branches in 2005 and, after eating undercooked chicken in a Twister Wrap Meal, contracted salmonella poisoning. Monika ended up in a coma and, subsequently, left wheelchair-bound and unable to speak.
Family lawyer, George Vlahakis, claimed in court that the chain would regularly reuse chicken which had fallen on the floor during peak opening hours. Slamming the length of time it has taken to win compensation from the fast-food chain, he said ‘Monika’s severe brain damage and severe disability has already exhausted the very limited resources of the family. Monika is now a big girl and they are finding it increasingly difficult to lift her and to look after her basic needs as well as look after Monika’s younger siblings.’
A spokesman for KFC, who plan to appeal the decision, said: ‘We feel deeply for Monika and the Samaan family. However, we also have a responsibility to defend KFC’s reputation as a provider of safe, high-quality food.’
This report was seen in The Metro
Did you know …?
- In 2011, there were over 9,000 reported cases of Salmonella in England and Wales
- Salmonella bacteria cause food poisioning, typhoid fever and paratyphoid fever
- More than 2500 different strains of salmonella have been identified
- The illness can be fatal to vulnerable groups (young, old, ill or convalescing)
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*source: HPA Centre for Infections