Food Poisoning & Infectious Diseases

Food Safety

Bassetlaw District Council are responsible for the investigation and control of certain communicable diseases, including food poisoning.

Your GP is legally obliged to notify us if you have suffered from certain notifiable diseases in order that we can investigate to determine the source of infection and prevent its further spread.

We are involved in investigations to establish the identity of any organism associated with the infection, the causative organism, and any infected contacts. This is particularly relevant to food poisoning outbreaks and other gastro-intestinal infections.

Members of the public can also contact us direct if they think they have been infected although we can not investigate fully unless their doctor has confirmed food poisoning, usually by the examination of a stool sample.

For a more detailed review of food poisoning organisms please see the fact sheets (Related Documents on the right-hand side of this page).

Information about the risk of salmonella infection from reptiles is also available from Public Health England Website and in the following leaflet.

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