The definition of food poisoning suggested by the UK Government’s Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food is:
‘Any disease of an infectious or toxic nature caused by or thought to be caused by the consumption of food or water’.
This definition includes all food or waterborne illness regardless of the presenting symptoms and signs; thus it includes not only acute illness characterised by diarrhoea and/or vomiting, but also illnesses presenting with manifestations not related to the gastrointestinal tract. The definition includes illness caused by toxic chemicals irrespective of origin, whether these are naturally-occurring inorganic compounds or of biological or man-made origin. It excludes illness due to known allergies and food intolerances.
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Food poisoning (suspected or proven, and whatever the cause) is statutorily notifiable.
- Enteric pathogens (where there is a link to the HPA guidance on the management of infection with enteric pathogens).
- Food toxins
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