Food Safety at Home
The Food Safety at Home page has information about how to keep food safe to eat at home. Food safety is not only important in food businesses, most food poisoning incidents in the UK occur at home.
The food teams provide information to consumers about food labelling, food composition and quality matters on the Food Standards page.
Food borne illness can spread quickly, partly because everyone in the family could have eaten the same food and partly because the bacteria may be picked up by close family contact (e.g. nursing the sick). Viruses can also cause illness, similar to food poisoning and they also spread very quickly. If you suspect you are suffering food poisoning it is recommended that you visit your doctor as soon as possible, who might ask you to submit a sample for examination. View the Food Poisoning page for more information.
Certain infectious diseases are notifiable to the Health Authority and these are investigated by the consultant in communicable disease control (CCDC) or by officers of the Local Authority. We investigate food poisoning and certain other food borne illnesses which are notifiable.
Found an object in food that shouldn't be there or worried that food you have purchased is unfit to eat? The Food Complaints page gives information about how and when to complain about food.
School Packed Lunch Guidance
As a parent it can be sometimes a bit difficult to think of new ideas for children's lunch boxes that are both, healthy and nutritious as well as appealing to children. For some ideas a healthy packed lunches please download our Packed Lunch Guide from the Related Documents.
For further information on the above topics and related information please see related pages section on the right or visit the Leaflets for Consumers page.
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- Anaphylaxis Campaign
- British Nutrition Foundation
- Caroline Walker Trust
- Consensus Action on Salt and Health
- Student Tips
- 5 A DAY
- Food Safety Enquiries
- Tel: 01803 208025