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2007 Food Poisoning Policy
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Food Poisoning

Page updated 30 September 2007

Food Poisoning

Key Points

All patients with diarrhoea must be nursed in Source Isolation

Send samples to the laboratory

Inform the Infection Control Team

Consider whether it is part of an outbreak

Remember that C. difficile is common in hospital environment

Whereas all antibiotics can cause diarrhoea, some are more likely than others to precipitate pseudomembrarnous colitis, which is a rare but serious infection with a high mortality caused by C. difficile

Fro information about food poisoning and outbreak


The ten most common causes implicated in outbreaks of food poisoning are:

If you suspect an outbreak on the ward, read Outbreak Management


The Food Safety Act: Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995 Department of Health..

Food handlers fitness to work. Guidance for food businesses, enforcement officers and health professionals. 1995 Department of Health, London

Digestive disorders foundation. 2001 Internet site

Hobbs B, Roberts D. Food Poisoning and Food Hygiene 6 th Edition 1997 Arnold , London