Shropshire Council

Food safety FAQs

General advice and questions on food safety.

What are the symptoms of food poisoning?

Food poisoning is an illness that occurs after consuming food that has been contaminated by bacteria or viruses. The usual symptoms are diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach ache, sometimes accompanied by headache, tiredness and a high temperature.

There is generally no treatment, but sufferers should drink plenty of fluids and take lots of rest. If symptoms persist or become severe, then a doctor should be consulted.

I have become ill after eating out. What should I do?

If you've become ill after eating at a local restaurant, you should contact your doctor, who will assess your condition and probably ask you for a stool sample, as soon as possible. This can help to confirm whether you have food poisoning, and identify the particular bacteria involved.

Public Protection staff will need this information to be able to investigate and try to establish a link between your illness and any remaining food that can be sampled.