Food poisoning is an illness, usually caused by eating or drinking food or water contaminated by bacteria (germs) or the poisons that they produce. It can be caught from food eaten at home, at restaurants, or abroad.
If you think you have food poisoning from food from a business in Dudley, please contact us (details at bottom of this page).
The common symptoms associated with food poisoning include:-
These usually occur within 2 to 36 hours of consumption of the food, although with some types of food poisoning, illness may not occur for days or even weeks. The last thing eaten is not necessarily the cause of the food poisoning. The symptoms usually last between one and seven days, although this may be longer. All the time you have the symptoms, and in some cases for some time after, you can transmit the infection to other people if you are not careful.
Guidance for Food Businesses
The Food Standards Agency has issued guidance for food businesses to clarify the steps needed to control the risk of food becoming contaminated by E.coli O157. This guidance has been developed in response to the serious outbreaks of E.coli O157 in Scotland in 1996 and Wales in 2005, which were attributed to cross-contamination arising from poor handling of food.
Although E.coli is the key focus of this guidance, the measures outlined will also help in the control of other bacteria, such as campylobacter and salmonella.
Key control measures
Some of the key measures highlighted in the guidance to control E.coli are:
The Food Standards Agency guidance is available to download from the following links: