Lambton Public Health

Food Safety at Home

This page was reviewed or revised on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 1:14 PM

Food-borne illness is an illness caused by eating or drinking contaminated food or water, including ice. You cannot tell by looking at food if it is, or if it is not contaminated. Symptoms of food-borne illness can happen over a wide time range - as quickly as 20 minutes or as long as 1 month later. Symptoms can include any of the following: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or cramps, and/or fever.

Most cases of food-borne illness occur from eating at home. The following food handling practices may lead to food-borne illness:

For more information on food-borne illnesses, or if you suspect a food- borne illness has happened, contact Lambton Public Health to speak with a Public Health Inspector.

Related links on this website:

4 Safe Food Handling Practices
Shopping for Food Safely
Steps to Effective Hand Washing
Cooking at a Barbeque
Serving Food Safely at a Picnic
Take Out Food
Keeping Food Safe During a Power Outage
DineSafe Lambton
Food Allergies
Restaurant and Food Premises Convictions
Food Recalls and Allergy Alerts