If you suspect that you have food poisoning, it is important that you contact or visit your family doctor (GP). Food poisoning symptoms can occur days after you have eaten contaminated food.
Symptoms of food poisoning usually include one or more of the following:
You should always report a confirmed food poisoning illness to your Local Health Office or the Food Safety Auhority of Ireland (FSAI). If other people report illness associated with similar products or outlets, your report will help highlight the precise numbers of people affected. This will also permit the public health doctors and environmental health officers to identify problems. Your vigilance in pointing out a problem can prevent others becoming seriously ill.
If you have eaten or bought food that is not safe or of a satisfactory standard, you have the right to make a formal complaint. Food is considered unsafe/unsatisfactory when it:
In addition, you can also make a complaint if you are unhappy with the hygiene standard in a food premises, e.g., supermarket, restaurant, etc.
Store the affected food in a sealed container in the fridge until it is examined by the authorities.
The Public Analyst Laboratory provides analysis of food samples if there is a complaint. There is no charge for this if a food complaint is submitted through the Environmental Health Service Offices. There is a fee for food sample analysis if you submit samples directly to the laboratory.
If you submit a food complaint, the unfit food may be sent to the Public Analyst Laboratory in your region for analysis and you will be notified of the result. On the other hand, you can have suspect food analysed independently by contacting your local Public Analyst Laboratory yourself.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.