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Food poisoning and infectious diseases

Food poisoning

If you believe you are suffering from food poisoning caused by eating food bought in Leeds e.g. at a restaurant, take away or shop please contact the food and health team using:

  • the contact us form on this page, or
  • telephoning 0113 247 6286 - 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

We usually suggest submitting a faecal specimen via your doctor or through the food and health team. We can send you a sample container and laboratory form which you can take to your doctor's surgery. If you live outside the Leeds area and you wish to send a specimen you can contact your local environmental health team or arrange a specimen via your general practitioner.

For any medical advice, please consult your doctor.

Information about the food establishment involved will be passed onto the food safety team. They carry out food hygiene inspections, investigate food complaints and outbreaks of suspected food poisoning and are responsible for monitoring food hygiene and safety in food businesses in Leeds.

For more information on food, food hygiene and monitoring, please go to our food page that can be found in the External links section of this page.

Infectious diseases

In order to try and control outbreaks of infectious diseases, the Public Health Act 1984 requires all occurrences of certain diseases be reported to the local authority. These are known as 'notifiable diseases'.

Our environmental health service receives information on cases and suspected outbreaks of notifiable diseases from doctors, laboratories and the public. We investigate the reports and arrange any necessary action to stop the disease from spreading.

We work with Public Health England to stop spread of diseases in the city. In particular we investigate individual cases and outbreaks of gastro enteritis. We do this in partnership with NHS nurses from Community Health Care who also provide guidance for control of outbreaks in nursing and residential homes, day-centres, children’s settings and education establishments. Guidance on managing outbreaks in different types of establishments is available in the documents section.

Further information can also be obtained from the Public Health England website in the External links section of this page​​

What diseases are notifiable?

These are diseases that are currently notifiable under the regulations from 2010:

Acute encephalitis
Acute meningitis
Acute poliomyelitis
Acute infectious hepatitis
Enteric fever (typhoid or paratyphoid fever)
Food poisoning
Haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS)
Infectious bloody diarrhoea
Invasive group A streptococcal disease and scarlet fever
Legionnaires Disease
Meningococcal septicaemia
Scarlet fever
Viral haemorrhagic fever
Whooping cough
Yellow fever