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Food poisoning

Food poisoning is caused by eating something which has been contaminated with germs. Causes of food poisoning include food which:

  • hasn't been cooked properly
  • is past its 'use by' date
  • has been handled by someone who is ill or hasn't washed their hands

People often assume food poisoning was caused by the last meal they ate, but it can actually be caused by food they ate several days earlier.

Find out more about food poisoning.


We will investigate reports of food poisoning or infectious disease, concerns about hygiene standards in food businesses in Middlesbrough, and complaints about food purchased in Middlesbrough. If you want to complain about food which wasn't bought in Middlesbrough, you'll need to speak to the council for the area you bought the food in.

You can report food poisoning, food hygiene concerns, or complaints about food using Report It.