Food poisoning notification

Informing Council of suspected food poisoning incidents.

You’ve been out for a meal or snack and you start feeling unwell. You think you might have food poisoning.

Common symptoms of food poisoning include stomach pain, nausea, feeling faint or dizzy, vomiting and/or diarrhoea. The symptoms are very similar to gastro, so it's important to go to the doctor to get a proper diagnosis. 

If your doctor determines it is food poisoning and if you’ve eaten at a food business within Adelaide city or North Adelaide and suspect it may be the source, you should notify us of the incident.

Lodging a report

The City of Adelaide’s Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) are responsible for investigating alleged food poisoning incidents that occur as a result of eating at a food business within Adelaide city and North Adelaide.

So that they can follow up with the suspected premises please complete the alleged food poisoning form. This information will assist Council's EHOs in their investigations. You may not be the only person who has become ill.

You’ll also need to provide us with details of what you’ve eaten over the past five days, as common food poisoning bacteria such as Salmonella and Campylobacter have an incubation period (the period between being infected and developing symptoms) of 6-72 hours and 2-5 days respectively. This helps the EHOs in identifying the potential source of contamination.

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

Need more information?

If you have any questions about the process of reporting suspected food poisoning, please contact the customer centre: