Cases of food-borne illness in the District which have been diagnosed following submission of a specimen to a GP or in hospital are automatically notified to the Food and Safety Regulation Team. Officers will normally then contact and/or arrange to visit the sufferer to ask them some questions about their illness, what they have eaten and so on. The aims of the investigation are to try and determine the source of the infection and also to prevent the spread of the infection to others.
For more information on food poisoning the NHS website can provide up to date help and advise.
The Food Standards Agency has issued guidance for food businesses to clarify the steps that they need to take to control the risk of food becoming contaminated by E.coli O157 and what businesses should be doing to protect their customers. Please see Food Standards Agency E.coli O157: control of cross-contamination and guidance in food businesses.
Norovirus is the most common cause of stomach upsets in the country. Incidents of Norovirus cost businesses and the economy through disruption and lost working days. An outbreak associated with a business is bad for its reputation. The risk to your business is greater at this time of year. Norovirus is highly infectious - particular attention to good hygiene measures should be observed at all times and especially during outbreaks.
The Health Protection Agency's role is to provide an integrated approach to protecting UK public health.
Information on common types of food-borne illness:
The Food Standards Agency's consumer advice and information site, packed with reliable and practical advice about healthy eating, understanding food labels and how what we eat can affect our health.
If you wish to report illnesses connected with food then complete the following: