What food poisoning is, how to report suspected food poisoning, what to do if you still have the food and where to find out more about investigations.
Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating food which hasn't been cooked, handled or stored properly. Food poisoning symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps.
The websites below have further advice and information about food poisoning:
If you believe a particular food premises or food you have bought has caused your illness, you should visit your GP as soon as possible to have the diagnosis confirmed. You’ll need to provide a faecal (stool) sample to help identify the cause of illness.
Public Health England informs us of all cases of infectious diseases they confirm by laboratory analysis that may be linked to food or water consumption, and we investigate.
If you are suffering from sickness and/or diarrhoea and work:
Report suspected food poisoning
Keep the food in the fridge and report a case of suspected food poisoning to us. We will contact you and may wish to send the food for microbiological examination to try and identify whether the food caused the illness.
The council's food services team investigates all infectious diseases that may be linked to food or water consumption. These diseases are primarily gastro-intestinal diseases of short duration but also include diseases such as Hepatitis A.
If you have been diagnosed as suffering from a communicable disease (usually following a request from your doctor to provide a faecal specimen or blood test) we will either telephone or visit you to try and find out where the infection has come from. The infection may have come from contaminated food, however, many infectious diseases can be transmitted through non-food routes such as environmental sources. Read more about reporting suspected food poisoning to us.
The purpose of our visit/telephone call is to try to identify potential sources of infection so that action can be taken to prevent similar cases occurring, we can also soon identify if a common event or food links more than one case together.
See how we use the information we receive from your reports and view a summary of diseases notified between 1 April 2009– 31 March 2017:
How we use investigation information and a summary of diseases (283kb)