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Food Poisoning Form

Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) of City of Adelaide are responsible for investigating alleged food poisoning incidents that occur within our council are (Adelaide CBD & North Adelaide only) and follow these up with suspected premises. If you have recently experienced symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea and prior to this, you consumed a meal at a food business located within the city or North Adelaide, please complete the form below. This information will assist Council's EHOs in their investigations.

If the business you're referring to is not within the CBD or North Adelaide, please refer to the Local Government Association website and this will tell you which council area the business is within.

Common food poisoning bacteria such as Salmonella and Campylobacter have an incubation period (period between being infected and developing symptoms) of 6-72 hours and 2-5 days respectively. Therefore, as part of our standard procedure we will need to obtain a 5 day food history from you as part of the form below to assist us in identifying the potential source of contamination.

It is also strongly advised that you visit a doctor to gather a clinical diagnosis as to the cause of your illness, which can be determined by providing a stool sample for analysis. It is important to understand that different food poisoning bacteria display different symptoms and incubation periods, and are often associated with different foods, so a confirmed diagnosis will assist officers with their investigation.

For your own information, you may wish to read You've got what? which has information regarding the prevention and control of notifiable and and other infectious diseases.

Furthermore, if you are a food handler or work in the child care industry, you should refrain from handling food and other activities until you have sought medical attention. Additionally, you should report that you suspect that you have food poisoning to your supervisor.

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