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Nzuri Bar & Lounge, 1202 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11216, USA

Report Type: Temporary Closure - related to food safety
“Date Closed: Nov 15, 2019
Reason for Closure:
Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
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Piccolo Cafe, 238 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, USA

Report Type: Temporary Closure - related to food safety
“Date Closed: Nov 15, 2019
Reason for Closure:
Food, food preparation area, food storage area, area used by employees or patrons, contaminated by sewage or liquid waste.
Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
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McDonald's, Turner McCall Boulevard, Rome, GA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Dizziness
“Around about 7:40 on 11/18/2019 I bout two back egg ch bus and ate them and haven't eaten anything since cause im using bathroom a lot throwing up and staying dizzy”
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Panera Bread, Monarch Way, Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Vomiting
“So my friend ate broccoli cheddar soup and had half a chicken Cesar salad. She only got sick 3 hours after eating. She has gotten sick 2 times prior eating there she thought that maybe it was her medicine she’s on.  ”
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Wine and food show, San Diego Bay, California, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Food event, Attended a wine and food festival (12-3) with an after party (6-9) by 10 I was experiencing nausea and in the night experienced intense diarrhea. Was mostly tired and dehydrated today. Rehydrated and am experiencing diarrhea again.”
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Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, Denmark Drive, Council Bluffs, IA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“To go order of chicken and gnocchi, chicken fettuccine Alfredo, salad and breadsticks. I felt Sick right away with nausea but can’t physically throw up because of a surgery I had. Had diarrhea starting 3 hours later. My boyfriend threw up 6 hours later and began diarrhea 12 hours later.”
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Wingstop, 1680 East-West Connector, Austell, GA 30106, United States

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Vomiting
“2 people about and hour and a half after we ate . We both had diarrhea and vomiting ”
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Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea
“Ordered a shredded chicken burrito bowl. It was my first meal since breakfast at home, over 12 hours prior. I got sick 3 hours after eating at this location. They are pretty messy and probably need a health inspection.”
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Rosa's Café & Tortilla Factory, Hawrylak, Lake Worth, TX, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Order steak fajita salad on Friday 11/15 at approximately 3pm. On Saturday 11/16 at approximately 6pm I began having diarrhea. Had it all night then Sunday at 11am while still having diarrhea I began to have violent vomiting. The vomiting stop after 20 minutes but I still have diarrhea to... See More
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Buffalo Wild Wings, Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, NY, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Ordered boneless wings at 9pm yesterday. Felt fine after. An hour later felt extremely nauseous and so did my friend we thought that we ate too much and took pepto to sooth our stomachs. I got home and had explosive diarrhea and sweats. My stomach was burning on the inside... See More
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What Is Food Poisoning?

What is food poisoning

What is food poisoning and how you can get it

Food poisoning is common, costly and preventable. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food every year.

It can happen after food has been adulterated with physical, chemical and biological contaminants -- or any combination of those. Physical can include such products as rubber or glass; chemical can include such toxins as bleach and mercury; and biological can include many types of bacteria, viruses or parasites.

Food can be contaminated before it reaches a grocery store or home kitchen, and sometimes those who prepare food at a restaurant can pass along norovirus – the germ that is the leading cause of foodborne disease outbreaks worldwide.  

Examples of contamination in preparation

  • If a food worker stays on the job while sick and does not wash his or her hands carefully, the food worker can spread germs by touching food.
  • If a cook uses a cutting board or knife to cut raw chicken and then uses the same items somewhere else in the kitchen, other food could be contaminated by germs from the chicken.
  • Contamination can occur in a refrigerator if liquids from meat or chicken get on items that will be eaten raw.

 

Mishandling at multiple points

Food can be mishandled in several ways along the food production chain. Once contamination occurs, further mishandling, such as undercooking the food or leaving it out on the counter at an unsafe temperature, can make a foodborne illness more likely. Many germs grow quickly in food held at room temperature; a tiny number can grow to a large number in just a few hours. Reheating or boiling food after it has been left at room temperature for a long time does not always make it safe because some germs produce toxins that are not destroyed by heat.

 

How to tell if you have food poisoning?

Food poisoning signs and symptoms may range from mild to severe and can differ significantly depending of the contaminant, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The most common ways on how to know if you have food poisoning are:

  • Upset stomach
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever

After you consume a contaminated food or drink -- especially if it is a chemical contaminant -- you may show symptoms of poisoning immediately. With some biological contaminants, it may take hours or days before you develop symptoms of food poisoning.

 

What causes food poisoning?

Food can be mishandled in several ways along the food production chain, all of which can result in food poisoning. Once contamination occurs, further mishandling, such as undercooking the food or leaving it out on the counter at an unsafe temperature, can make a foodborne illness more likely. Many germs grow quickly in food held at room temperature; a tiny number can grow to a large number in just a few hours. Reheating or boiling food after it has been left at room temperature for a long time does not always make it safe because some germs produce toxins that are not destroyed by heat.

  • If a food worker stays on the job while sick and does not wash his or her hands carefully, the food worker can spread germs by touching food.
  • If a cook uses a cutting board or knife to cut raw chicken and then uses the same items somewhere else in the kitchen, other food could be contaminated by germs from the chicken.
  • Contamination can occur in a refrigerator if liquids from meat or chicken get on items that will be eaten raw.

 

For more information about:

Recalled Food

If you have food poisoning and want to check recently recalled foods, please visit these pages:

Recalls by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Recalls by the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Current Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreaks

Here is a list of current multistate foodborne illness outbreaks.

When two or more people get the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink, the event is called a foodborne or food poisoning outbreak. Reporting illnesses to your local health department helps them identify potential outbreaks of foodborne disease. Public health officials investigate outbreaks to control them, so more people do not get sick in the outbreak, and to learn how to prevent similar outbreaks from happening in the future.

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