Every day, 500 kiwis get food poisoning. It can take from as little as 20 minutes to several weeks to become unwell from contaminated food. Symptoms include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, muscle pain, headache and fever. Food poisoning can be a serious risk if you’re sick, pregnant, very young or elderly.
If you think you have food poisoning as a result of food you've eaten, report it to your local Health Protection Officer. You can also make a food complaint
Public Health's work includes:
• Investigating cases and outbreaks of food poisoning to identify the source, stop the spread of illness and prevent it happening again.
• Monitoring shellfish on our coastline for marine biotoxins
The Ministry for Primary Industries now deals with queries on any of the following:
• Food Complaints including foreign objects or undeclared allergens in food within our region
• Food Recalls
• Imported Food
• Food Control Plan
• Food Labelling
Public Health still deals with food poisoning and food-borne illness.
Contact an Environmental Health Officer at your local council if you want to report a ‘dirty’ food premises or unhygienic practices of food handlers
Contact: 06 350 9110