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Consumer food safety and standards

Food poisoning

For details on the types and causes of food poisoning and advice on when to see your GP please check NHS Choices.  

Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating contaminated food. It is not usually serious and most people get better within a few days without treatment. Babies and young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people who have a weakened immune system are more at risk from food poisoning. 

The symptoms of food poisoning usually begin within one to two days after eating contaminated food, although they may start at any point between a few hours and several weeks later. Diarrhoea and vomiting can also be caused by things other than food poisoning, including norovirus.

If you think you have suffered food poisoning linked to a business in Poole, please let us know by reporting a food problem.

Page last updated: 02 May 2019
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