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Infectious diseases & food poisoning

Investigation of Food Borne Disease

We will investigate suspected outbreaks of food poisoning.

Such information is received in the following ways:

  • Contact from a person who has become ill
  • Notification from a G.P.
  • A food business seeking advice
  • Contact with another Local Authority who had a large outbreak in their area

If a person is reported as suffering from a food poisoning bacteria, they will be interviewed to try to establish a likely source, and a food history from the past 2 weeks will be taken.

They may be asked to submit a faecal specimen to try to identify the organism causing the illness.

We may visit any premises suspected of having caused the illness. The action taken may range from advice for that business to a possible prosecution depending upon what is found at the premises.

Contact us:

By telephone on 01744 676299 or by email at environmentalhealth@sthelens.gov.uk