Food poisoning


Most people suffering from food poisoning believe it is the result of the last food they ate. However this is often not the case as some forms of food poisoning can take several days to develop symptoms. Often it is food that was consumed 24 to 48 hours previously which is the cause.

Signs and symptoms

People with food poisoning may experience some or all of the following symptoms:

  • nausea (feeling sick),
  • diarrhoea,
  • vomiting,
  • stomach pains or cramps,
  • sweating, fever or chills,
  • headache,
  • lethargy (extreme tiredness).

If you think you may have food poisoning seek medical attention for appropriate treatment.

Information for food handlers

If you are a food handler working in a food premise you must notify your employer and you must not handle food at work until you have been symptom free for 48 hours. This is the law.

Further information

The Department of Health has more information on food safety.