Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating contaminated food. The symptoms may start suddenly and can include vomiting, diarrhoea, nausea and fever. 

Most food poisoning is caused by bacteria, but viruses, chemical and poisonous plants can also cause food poisoning. It can take several hours or even days between eating contaminated food and experiencing the symptoms, which can make it difficult to identify the food which causes the illness.

The Environmental Health service works with Public Health England to investigate food poisoning. We will try to identify the source of the illness and to take action to prevent further cases occurring.

If you think a business in Southampton has caused food poisoning you can report it to us using the 'report a food safety concern' form below.

Report a food safety concern

Medical advice

You should contact NHS Direct or your GP if you require medical advice.