The Council regularly carries out the following:
- Investigates food complaints
- Provides advice and information to businesses and community
- Carries out regular food sampling from food premises
- Processes food stall applications
Food Poisoning Complaints
If you think you have food poisoning (symptoms include, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting) you should contact your GP first, especially if you think you need medication to relieve the symptoms.
A faecal sample may be requested to confirm the presence of food poisoning organisms and to identify which type of infection you have.
The Health Act 1956 lists certain infectious diseases that must be notified to the Medical Officer of Health who oversees public health in Otago. This allows authorities to watch for outbreaks and trends. The list includes diseases such as Salmonella and Campylobacter.
If you are diagnosed with a notifiable food poisoning infection, a Health Protection Officer will contact you for an interview to try to establish the source of your infection and to help you prevent further spread of the disease.
Food Safety Training
There are two training organisations within Queenstown Lakes District that provide food hygiene courses. These are:
- Southern Institute of Technology – 0800 40 3337
- Otago Polytechnic – 0800 765 9276
Public Health Contacts
Public Health South Officer - Susan Auty, phone 03 450 9160 or email email@example.com
Contact an Environmental Health Officer to discuss anything relating to food premises, phone 03 450 0300 (Queenstown) or 03 443 0006 (Wanaka).