Food Poisoning

Contaminated food and drinks can cause food poisoning. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and/or fever. See your GP if you believe you have food poisoning.

Please contact the City’s Health Services if you think you have contracted food poisoning from a Cockburn food business. 

Food poisoning occurs when you have consumed food or drink that has been contaminated by harmful bacteria, viruses or toxins. Food poisoning produces symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhoea, and fever. 

The most common types of food poisoning bacteria take around 2-5 days to multiply to a level that causes symptoms, and sometimes up to 10 days. 

It is not always food that will produce vomiting and diarrhoea.  The bacteria may have been consumed from a water source, or from a contaminated surface.

In many cases the effects of foodborne illness are mild but sometimes the symptoms can lead to serious illness, and on rare occasion long-term health problems and even death.

Some people are extremely vulnerable including:

  • Very young children
  • Pregnant women
  • The elderly
  • People with compromised immune systems.


What should I do if I think I have food poisoning? 

Please see your GP if you think you have food poisoning. If you think you have contracted food poisoning from a restaurant or other commercial food outlet, please note the following steps:

  • If you have some of the food that you think has caused the symptoms left over, put it in the freezer as we may be able to test it for food poisoning bacteria
  • Keep any receipts for purchased food
  • Note down all the details surrounding the purchase of the food, time eaten, symptoms, if any other family members are affected, where you purchased the food and if you reported your illness to the food business.

The Environmental Health Officer dealing with your request may send any remaining food for analysis and visit the food business to carry out an investigation. Laboratory results for food analysis take between 5-14 days

For more information refer to Department of Health information on food poisoning opens in a new window

Leftover food (doggy bags) 

Many restaurant customers take home leftover food to eat in a doggy bag. If you do take leftover food home from a restaurant, please follow the Food Safety Guidelines for taking home leftover food opens in a new window to minimise any risks.

More information and contact 

Please contact Health Services for more information on food poisoning in Cockburn on 08 9411 3444 or at Please contact the City to Make a Complaint/Report an Issue.

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