Food Poisoning

The food team have a statutory duty in terms of the Public Health Act 2008, to co-operate with the NHS, particularly the Health Protection Team and the Consultant in Public Health Medicine to investigate and prevent the spread of communicable diseases including food poisoning.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is an unpleasant illness caused by the consumption of food or drink, including water, which has been contaminated by bacteria, viruses or chemicals including naturally occurring toxins in plants such as green potatoes.


The symptoms of food poisoning can include

  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Nausea

Following consumption of contaminated food or drink the onset of symptoms may vary from a few hours to a few days and in most cases will not be from the last meal you consumed.


If you think you have food poisoning you should visit your Doctor who will arrange for you to submit a stool specimen in order that a laboratory check can be made to isolate the bacteria and identify the cause of your illness.

If you suspect you may have food poisoning and have complaints about food or complaints about food businesses you should contact a member of our food team.

Contact details

Food, Health and Safety

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476476