Food hygiene, food safety and food poisoning

Food poisoning - prepare and cook food safely and prevent germs from spreading

There are around a million cases of food poisoning every year in the UK.

For information on how to prepare and cook food safely and how to prevent germs from spreading in the home, and a home hygiene self assessment so that you can check your home hygiene habits, please see:

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Food poisoning and food-borne illness - infectious disease control

The law requires doctors to notify us, and the Health Authority, of cases of certain infectious diseases. To protect public health, we Investigate cases of food related infectious disease:

  • To find, if possible, the cause
  • To minimise the risk of others becoming infected
  • To see if individual cases are linked to a larger outbreak
  • To investigate commercial food producers that maybe linked to cases or outbreaks

For more information, please contact the Public Health & Regulation Team or visit the:

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Causes of food poisoning

Food can become contaminated at any stage during its production, processing or cooking.

For the usual causes of food poisoning please visit:

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Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of food poisoning

To find out how about the symptoms of food poisoning, how to diagnose it and how to treat food poisoning refer to the following:

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Food allergies and intolerances

A food intolerance is not the same thing as a food allergy. To see how they differ and what causes food allergies please see:

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Report a problem

If you have found something in some food stuffs (that shouldn't have been there) that you have bought from a shop, or you feel you may have been made ill by something you have bought and eaten from a shop or restaurant, then you may want to report it to us:

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Page last updated: 11 July 2016