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Food poisoning

Food poisoning is caused by consuming food or drink that is contaminated with a pathogen. Please consult a doctor as soon as possible if you show food poisoning symptoms. 

If you believe food poisoning occurred due to a food business within the City of Armadale, please call the City’s Health Services on 9394 5000.

For more information or to report food safety offenses please visit the Department of Health WA website.

Food safety in the home

As poor food handling is a common cause for food poisoning, it is important to understand what you can do to reduce the risk.

Keep hands and equipment clean


  • Prevent pests, insects and animals from entering the kitchen
  • Sanitise all food contact surfaces and utensils used for food preparation regularly
  • Wash your hands with hot water and soap before preparing food and between handling raw and cooked food.

Always separate raw and cooked food


  • Use separate utensils for raw meats and ready to eat foods
  • Store ready to eat foods (i.e. vegetables, fruit, salads and cooked food) on shelves higher than raw meat products in your refrigerator.

Do not:

  • Cross contaminate by separating raw meats (this includes seafood and poultry) with ready to eat foods.

Be mindful of temperature 


  • Refrigerate all perishable foods as soon as possible at or below 5ºC
  • Cook food thoroughly (at or above 60ºC). For poultry and meat ensure all juices are clear and not pink.

Do not: 

  • Leave food at room temperature for longer than two hours.

Healthy menu options

Healthy menu options logo

Look for this logo next time you are dining out. It means a menu item has been assessed by a health professional and is: 

  • High in dietary fibre
  • Low in salt
  • Low in saturated fats.

Participating food businesses also promote healthy options by making free tap water available to patrons and having healthier drink options for sale. 

Page Last Reviewed 13 December 2019