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Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated food and affects a large number of Australians every year. Food can be contaminated when it is handled, stored or prepared incorrectly. Some foods carry a higher risk of causing food poisoning, and some people are more at risk of getting food poisoning than others

Food poisoning can be as a result of anything eaten in the three days before symptoms begin. It is a myth food poisoning is always caused by the last meal eaten.

Typical symptoms of food poisoning include stomach cramps, diarrhoea and/or vomiting, but food borne illness can occur as a result of a variety of different reasons including bacteria, viruses, toxins or chemicals in the food.

To investigate an alleged food poisoning case information needs to be obtained from the person or people who are ill. A comprehensive food history is needed, which involves noting everything consumed in the three days before the onset of symptoms. A correctly stored sample of food and a specimen from the affected person/people are also needed. This information is used to determine if there are links with the foods eaten by people who become ill at the same time.

Making a complaint against a food premises in Kingston

If you believe you may have recently suffered food borne illness as a result of consuming food purchased from a premises within Kingston, please contact Environmental Health on 1300 653 356 or info@kingston.vic.gov.au.