Food poisoning

You can get food poisoning after eating or drinking anything contaminated by either bacteria, chemicals, viruses or parasites.

The very young, the elderly or those with a lowered immune system are most at risk from food poisoning.

The main symptoms can include any number of the following;

  • Diarrhoea (sometimes bloody)
  • Stomach cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

Symptoms can vary from being mild to very severe.  Illness may last only a day or could continue for a number of weeks. 

If you think you have food poisoning you should go and see your doctor straightaway.

We will investigate most cases of food poisoning to try to control and prevent the spread of illness and to identify a cause.

You can find out more about food poisoning and food-borne illnesses from Public Health England (PHE).