Food Poisoning

What are the symptoms of food poisoning?

Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating or drinking food that has been contaminated by germs.

The usual symptoms are diarrhea, sickness, and stomachache, sometimes accompanied by headache, tiredness, and a high temperature. Food poisoning bacteria take quite a long time to reproduce inside the human gut and some people are more resistant than others so it may be some time before there are enough bacteria to cause illness. 

Do not therefore assume that food poisoning is a result of the last meal you ate - it can take two or even three or more, days before symptoms show.

What should I do if I believe I have food poisoning from eating at a food establishment in Cannock Chase District?

If you believe you have food poisoning we ask you to visit your GP and provide a stool sample. If food poisoning is identified we can then investigate further.

Take details of when, where, what you ate, and the symptoms you have had and contact the Food Safety Team at 01543 462621 or email

More information can be found in our advice leaflet, or you can contact the Food Safety Team on 01543 462621 or email

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