Food Poisoning

Food Poisoning is an illness which occurs after eating or drinking anything that is contaminated by germs or sometimes chemicals.Symptoms depend on the type of germ or chemical, but diarrhoea, sickness, stomach pains and sometimes fever are the most common. There are links to further information below.


What to do if you think you have suffered food poisoning?

First consult your GP to receive the appropriate treatment. The GP should also ask you to submit a faecal sample so that the specific organism, which is causing your illness, can be identified

If a food poisoning bacteria is identified by the laboratory the results will be reported Environmental Health.

We do not normally investigate single complaints direct from members of the public who think they have food poisoning. This is becasue we need a result from a faecal sample as there are many other things that can cause similar symptoms. However, if you are aware of a number of people such as guests at the same function with food poisoning like symptoms, please contact us at the address below.


Further information

You can't tell if food is contaminated so even food which looks and tastes alright can cause food poisoning.

Advice on food hygiene in the home can be found at:


Contact us

Environmental Health
Merlin House, Merlin Way, Ilkeston. DE74RA

Telephone 0115 907 2244 ext 3820
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