Typically, symptoms of food poisoning include:
Most healthy individuals will recover after a short period of illness however food borne diseases can cause serious illness in some groups of people and in extreme circumstances even cause death. Those most at risk are the very young, the very old and those people who are already chronically ill. Pregnant women must also take particular care with what they eat and drink and follow advice given to them by their doctor or midwife. If you are concerned then you should contact your GP who will be able to give you advice.
A general guide is that most people can return to work or school 24 hours after the symptoms have stopped. People that work in food businesses must inform their employers of their illness and should not return to work within 48 hours of the last symptom. This is a legal requirement and failure to report symptoms could lead to prosecution of the individual, rather than the business.
Children under 5 should not attend nursery or school until 48 hours after their diarrhoea and/or vomiting have settled.