Food safety

The Commercial team at Havant Borough Council undertake food inspections and enforce food legislation. We investigate food safety complaints, food poisoning incidents, undertake sampling and provide food safety advice.

Food allergies

Did you know that all the following are allergens:

Gluten, Peanuts, Nuts (ground and tree), Milk, Soya, Mustard, Lupin, Eggs, Fish, Crustaceans, Molluscs, Sesame seeds, Celery and Sulphur dioxide.

Allergies are life changing and can be fatal. Although there are no cures for food allergies, having the information to eat, order food and shop wisely can make a great difference.

People with food allergies have to be extremely careful about what they eat. Food labelling is therefore very important to those with food allergies as there can be potentially serious consequences from eating food that they are allergic to.

Food poisoning

Did you know that if you suffer from diarrhoea and vomiting together it is extremely unlikely to be caused by the last thing you ate?  It may have been caused by something you ate 48 hours earlier or in some cases what you ate last week!

Sometimes diarrhoea or vomiting is caused by other illnesses and not food poisoning.

If a number of people are ill after a gathering such as a wedding we need to know as soon as possible so that we can try to take samples of the food eaten  but in general, if you suspect you have food poisoning, contact your doctor first as Environmental Health Officers will need the results from the tests by your doctor to confirm what type of food poisoning it is.  Make a note of what you ate recently, whilst you still remember.

Workers such as food handlers, nurses and nursery workers will be unable to return to work until they have been well for 48 hours.  Contact your employer if you work in a high risk area.

Further information about specific infectious disease, including food poisoning, can be found on the Public Health England website (now part of Public Health England).  Look for 'gastrointestinal disease' then 'guidelines' or search using the name of the specific type of food poisoning you are enquiring about.