Information and advice on food supply contamination

Find out what to do to avoid issues with contaminated food.

Food contamination is when food is spoiled or tainted because it contains bacteria, parasites or a substance that makes it unfit to eat. Eating contaminated food can make you unwell and in more serious cases mean you need hospital treatment. 

What you can do:

  • wash your hands and work surfaces before, during and after preparing food
  • separate raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs from ready-to-eat foods
  • cook food to the right internal temperature to kill harmful bacteria
  • store your food correctly
  • do not stockpile goods

What your council is doing: 

  • in most cases, the local authority would expect to receive an alert for any human food contaminations
  • there is a food incident product recall plan to deal with any large-scale traceability exercises, product recall and investigations into criminal offences as required
  • we have trading standards and planning services officers who are responsible for checking and enforcing compliance with the Food Standards Agency