Food poisoning

Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating or drinking food, water or milk containing germs or toxins.

If you think you have food poisoning

  • visit your doctor and request for a stool sample to be examined
  • contact us if you believe your illness is caused by a food business
  • wash your hands before handling food and after visiting the toilet
  • disinfect door and toilet handles, taps and toilet seat and disinfect the toilet bowl frequently
  • drink plenty of fluids to reduce dehydration
  • If your job involves handling food or you work with the elderly, young children or people who are unwell
  • tell your employer of your illness immediately and follow their advice
  • stay away from work until your symptoms have stopped for at least 48 hours
  • tell your employer before you return to work
  • keep up high standards of personal hygiene once back at work as you could pass on the infection for several weeks

The main causes of food poisoning

  • preparing foods too far in advance
  • not cooking foods properly
  • not defrosting foods correctly
  • storing foods incorrectly
  • cross contamination of foods after cooking
  • infection from people handling foods due to poor hygiene

The main symptoms of food poisoning

  • diarrhoea
  • stomach cramps
  • vomiting
  • fever
  • nausea
  • headache
  • dizziness

Further information

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Reporting food safety issues

You can report a food safety problem to us online.