Ngā Tai Ora – Public Health Northland is responsible for investigating food borne illnesses and food poisoning complaints.
The responsibility of inspecting and licencing food premises sits with the district councils Environmental Health Officer teams.
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) leads New Zealand's food safety system, protecting the health and wellbeing of consumer.
For further information, contact: Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) 0800 693 721
MPI is responsible for handling queries regarding:
Food-borne illness (often referred to as food poisoning) is a result of the spoilage or contamination of food and/or drink. Food poisoning is highly contagious and is a public health concern if contaminated foods are served to the public. Ngā Tai Ora - Public Health Northland has a role in investigating diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemicals which can be spread in the following way:
The common symptoms of diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps are caused by the digestive system being inflamed. These symptoms can last from a few hours, days, weeks or months depending on the causative organism.
I think I have food poisoning! Now what?
Suspected food poisoning cases are reported to Health Protection Officer (HPO) directly by members of the public, as well as confirmed cases reported by laboratories/health care workers. If you think you have food poisoning see your GP. You may need to provide faeces (poo) samples and food specimens if available to assist in an investigation.
Condition and Hygiene of Food Premises
Contact an Environmental Health Officer at your local council if you would like to report unclean food premises or unhygienic practices of food handlers.
Contact your local councils here:
Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurised (heat treated) to kill harmful bacteria such as Campylobacter, Listeria and toxin-producing strains of E. coli.
It is not always possible to tell by taste, sight or smell if raw milk will make you sick.
Pregnant women, young children, older people and those with weakened immune systems are most likely to become unwell through drinking raw milk.
For more infromatioon on raw milk visit: MPI - https://www.mpi.govt.nz/food-safety/food-safety-for-consumers/is-it-safe-to-eat/raw-milk/)
It is important for visitors on a Marae that only safe food is provided.
MPI have produced a guide detailing food safety practices on the Marae:
Hand washing is an important part of food preparation and important for preventing people from becoming unwell.
When washing your hands remember to: