The main method that is used to recognize there is something wrong with a food product would be consumers reporting the problem.
If you think there is something wrong with a food product you have purchased, you need to let someone know. Otherwise, others could fall ill before the problem is recognized and a recall is issued. Just what do you do if something is wrong? Here is the information you need.
If You Think Something is Wrong
Immediately set the food to the side. Do not eat it. Do not throw it away. You may need to turn it over for investigation. You should find out the contact information for a local government food enforcement agency and provide pertinent information about yourself as well as:
- The food brand, size, and type
- The packaging for the food
- The codes and dates included on the package
- Where you bought the food
- When you bought the food
All of this information is vital in order to track down where the food was processed and what went wrong. You can find what food enforcement location you need to contact at FoodStandards.gov.au.
First and foremost, food poisoning rarely affects you right after the meal. In fact, it can take days to show up. If you suspect that you have food poisoning, go to the doctor immediately. Tell the physician what you have eaten for your last few meals as well. The more information you can provide the doctor with the food, the better.
Food poisoning is more common for those especially susceptible, like children and the elderly as well as pregnant women and people with a compromised immune system due to illness.
If you think that something is wrong with your food, it is vital that you stop eating right away. You will need to contact the proper authorities and go to a medical facility should you fall ill. To learn more about how to best reduce the risk of anyone becoming sick from foodborne illnesses, read our post "What is Food Safety?"