Food Poisoning can ONLY be confirmed by a microbiologist after they have looked at a stool sample (a sample of your faeces or poo) under a microscope.
If you suspect you have food poisoning you MUST visit your Dr and your Dr MUST ask you for a stool sample to be sent off for testing and then diagnosis.
Once the results have been confirmed, the Dr will notify the Health Protection Agency who will notify the Food safety team here at Ashfield District Council.
There are many types of food poisoning but the most common are Campylobactor and Salmonella.
Food poisoning symptoms also occur from virus illness, noro virus and gastroenteritis. These may be as distressing but are self limiting in that they usually pass after around 48- 72 hours.
If your symptoms persist you should consult your GP.
If you suspect you do have food poisoning from eating at a premises, you will need to answer questions and complete a food diary based on what you have eaten in the 10-14 days before you became ill.
Symptoms may include:
Symptoms usually develop 12-72 hours after becoming infected and usually last 4-7 days.
The infection often clears without treatment although some people remain infectious for longer.
Anyone can get salmonella, but young children, the elderly and people whose immune systems are not working properly have a greater risk of becoming seriously unwell.
How is Salmonella treated?
In most cases symptoms clear without treatment. However in some young children and the elderly occasionally antibiotics may be prescribed.
It is essential to complete the course even if your symptoms have improved.
You should drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated.
How can I avoid catching Salmonella?
Yes – while you are ill and have symptoms you are infectious.
You should refrain from work or school/college until you have been free of any symptoms for at You can return to work or school once you have been free from diarrhoea for 48 hour