Public Health England, GP’s and laboratories are obliged to notify the Food Safety team of any positive diagnoses of reportable infectious diseases they come across such as the following:
• Causes of food poisoning (i.e. Campylobacter, E.coli, Gastrointestinal infections, Salmonella)
• Hepatitis A
In every case the patient is contacted in order to confirm the facts and to establish how and where the infection occurred. Our Food Safety officers will carry out an investigation where there has been a large outbreak of an infectious disease or food poisoning which in some cases may involve taking action to close an unsatisfactory food premise.
There are many potential sources of infectious diseases other than food. Illness can also be caused by poor hygiene practices (i.e. not washing hands before cooking or eating) after contact with:
• Contaminated water
• Occupational exposure
• Contact with other people carrying the disease.
The primary purpose of cooling tower and condenser notification is ensure that the relevant enforcing authority can be satisfied that suitable control measures are in place to protect employees and the general public from the risk of infection by organisms such as legionella.
Cooling Tower Notifications are regulated by the Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992.
Reporting Food Poisoning/Complaints Out of Office Hours
In the first instance of suspect food poisoning you will need to contact your GP. If you are experiencing an extreme situation, please contact the emergency services by dialling 999 or contacting NHS 111 Service.
Any enquiries/complaints made to the Food Safety team will be responded to by the team within 3 working days, including those made outside office hours.