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Physical Contamination in Food

Physical contamination in food can be a real threat to eaters. Recalls for foreign contaminate can happen for everything from ground beef to cookie dough mix. Contamination can accidentally enter the food supply during manufacturing or when it is being prepared at restaurants and at home.

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About Listeria: Symptoms & Signs

Listeria

Here are some basic facts about this disease.

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Food poisoning timeline and when you should see a doctor?

Food poisoning timeline

The food poisoning timeline can begin immediately, especially if it is a chemical contaminant. For bacterial, viral or parasitic agents that cause food poisoning the start of symptoms will vary from a few hours to a few weeks. The CDC provides the following table of some of the possible contaminants, when you might start to feel symptoms and common ways the organism is spread.

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How to report food poisoning and what to do if you have food poisoning

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Report food poisoning at iwaspoisoned.com

If you have food poisoning please report it to IWasPoisoned.com. The vast majority of public health agencies in the United States subscribe, as do health officials in many other countries. Our site is trusted by tens of thousands of people each year who have food poisoning and we have caught many outbreaks as a result.

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What are food poisoning symptoms?

Food poisoning symptoms can depend on a lot of factors

Food poisoning 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 symptoms of food poisoning are:

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

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What Is Food Poisoning?

What is food poisoning...

It is illness caused by contaminated food or water. It is very common, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are 48 million cases every year in the US. It can be spread through contaminated food or water. It can often resolve within days. Infectious organisms or their toxins are common causes of food poisoning. Food poisoning symptoms may include cramping, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Food poisoning often resolves without treatment. Adequate hydration is an important part of treatment.

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Why should I report food poisoning?

Help prevent further incidents of food poisoning.  

Each year, millions of people get food poisoning and thousands die

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How do I stop throwing up from food poisoning?

 

 

To control nausea and vomiting be sure to avoid solid foods until the vomiting ends.  

Taking slow, small sips of liquids can help avoid vomiting and dehydration.

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I ate with others, why don’t we all have the same symptoms?

 

 

How, when, and if you become ill after eating contaminated food will depend on the ‘bug’, but also the amount of exposure, your age, and your health. Food poisoning can be especially dangerous, and even life-threatening, for people with weakened immune systems.

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How long does food poisoning last?

 

 

Often lasting several days, the length of food poisoning will depend on several factors like the kind of bacteria or virus you contracted, and the state of your immune system.

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What are the most common food poisoning ‘bugs’?

 

 

Infectious organisms like bacteria, viruses and parasites are the most common causes of food poisoning.

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How does food poisoning happen?

 

Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated food that is handled or cooked incorrectly before it reaches your plate.

 

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What helps food poisoning?

 

 

Stay hydrated and replenish the fluids your body is losing to diarrhea or vomiting.

Properly restore electrolytes by drinking beverages like Pedialyte, Ceralyte, or Oralyte to prevent dehydration. Sports drinks like Gatorade should not be used because they do not restore the necessary balance.

If you're able to keep down fluids do, slowly introduce foods that are easy to digest like bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast; commonly referred to as the ‘BRAT’ diet.

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What should I do if I have food poisoning, should I see a doctor?

If you experience symptoms of food poisoning, such as diarrhea or vomiting, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

You should seek medical attention from your doctor or healthcare provider if you have symptoms including any of the following:

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Do I have food poisoning?

The most common symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, upset stomach, stomach cramps or abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.

 

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Food Preparation Safety for Vegetable Dishes

Incorporating vegetables into your diet provides health benefits, especially when you select and prepare them in a safe manner. It is extremely important to add vegetables in your diet because it provides you with nutrients that help you avoid heart disease, stroke, and cancer. To some, eating vegetables help them lose weight.

However, some raw vegetables may have dangerous microorganisms. If food safety procedures are not followed, it can cause food poisoning or worse, viral infections -

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Meet Environmental Health! Interview 1 - Dave Banaszynski

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1.  What inspired you to get into your profession?

When I was in college, during breaks I was performing asbestos abatement for a private company. I got paid a lot of money however it was grueling work. We would be toiling in our PPE  sweating in 100+heat, in tight and dark spaces, using jackhammers, etc. Once in a while a guy would show up, spend maybe 5 minutes in the danger

                                                   

zone, collect some samples and get back out. I noticed he wore a suit and drove a new BMW. I asked him what he did and he replied he was... 

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Why Report Food Poisoning?

Millions of people get food poisoning every year, and thousands die. The annual economic cost is in the billions.

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Got food poisoning, what do I do ?

Food poisoning often improves without treatment in a few days. During that time you should drink fluids to prevent dehydration. Read more

Recent Interesting Reports

Texas Roadhouse, Northwest Peacock Boulevard, Port St. Lucie, FL, USA

Tipo de Reporte: Intoxicaciуn Alimentaria
Sнntomas: Diarrhea Stomach Pain
“I went there on 1/11/2020 at 3:00pm. I ordered Ribeye steak medium well, baked potato with butter and Caesar salad. My wife ordered a completely different meal and she had no issues. On the following day I started feeling pain in my stomach and it started churning and I went... See More to the bathroom. From 10:00am till 9:00pm I went to the toilet about a dozen times. After the first trip to the toilet all of the others were nothing but liquid. My stomach made gurgling noises all day long with little notice to head to the toilet. Now it is 1/13/2020 and I am starting off the day in a similar fashion. I will be very grateful when this is finally over. Based on what I ordered, if I had to guess at the most likely culprit, I would have to say the Caesar salad, due to all of the issues with Romaine lettuce.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

KFC, Ridge Road, Webster, NY, USA

Tipo de Reporte: Intoxicaciуn Alimentaria
Sнntomas: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Cramps
“The wings, we both started getting sick at the same time. It was my husband and I we ate @6pm and were violently ill by 1am pewking, diaherria, stomach cramps. I missed out on work due to this. It sucks being this sick ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

ALDI, 1180 S State Rd 7, North Lauderdale, FL 33068, USA

Tipo de Reporte: Intoxicaciуn Alimentaria
Sнntomas: Nausea Vomiting Sweating Stomach Pain
“Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad. Bought a 1 lb tub on 12/31/19. I ate most of it over the course of the evening. By 4 am (1/1/20)my stomach was very bloated and I was belching. By 8 am I had deep, nearly constant stomach pains, cold sweats, belching, dry heaves. At... See More about 4 pm, I vomited profusely, emptied my stomach and felt some relief almost immediately. The vomit smelled exactly like the chicken salad I had the night before. It is now 12:18 am on 1/2/20. After sleeping all evening I fee better, but my stomach muscles are sore as can be and I still have some residual reflux. The use-by date is 1/13/20. Below that is "AC 13:30 B"
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Domino's Pizza, Pine Street, Arkadelphia, AR, USA

Tipo de Reporte: Intoxicaciуn Alimentaria
Sнntomas: Vomiting
“We are a medium pepperoni pizza with pineapple. The first 3 pieces were fine but the last ones were fought and undercooked. My boyfriend woke up in the middle of the night vomiting and shaking! He couldn’t keep anything down! ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Greek Kitchen, West Washington Street, Chicago, IL, USA

Tipo de Reporte: Intoxicaciуn Alimentaria
Sнntomas: Diarrhea Nausea Cramps Dizziness Stomach Pain Gas
Greek Kitchen pita with falafal, taziki, hummus, onions. 1 person got sick. severe diarrhea and abdominal pain and cramping within 30-40 min of consumption. Severe abdominal pain, gas, dizziness and continued diarrhea continues 4 hours after consuming sandwich. ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

los tres hermanos resturante, East Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD, USA

Tipo de Reporte: Intoxicaciуn Alimentaria
Sнntomas: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Stomach Pain
“We were 6 people. All of us had the fish soup. When it came it looked fine. But as we were eating someone ate a rock. All of the bowls had rocks. I told the waitress and she said sorry. Nothing else. I think she was afraid to lose her... See More job. The rocks were slimy exactly like in a river. We all got sick. Vomiting diarrhea stomach pain and no appetite.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Zio's, East California Avenue, Downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Tipo de Reporte: Intoxicaciуn Alimentaria
Sнntomas: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Chills Stomach Pain
“Stuffed meatballs On Saturday night, the 11th, a group of 13 of us went there. My daughter and I shared an appetizer of stuffed meatballs. We took the leftovers home to my son in law who finished them off. Around 5 hours later I began to have severe stomach pain... See More which caused me to have several bouts of vomiting. I got chills and slept in between bouts of vomiting. My son in law began having diarrhea around 4am, which would have been 5 hours after he ate the meatballs. My daughter who is 15 did not react until Sunday night around midnight. She vomited off and on until 6 am.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Mango Joe's, Orlando, FL 32821, United States

Tipo de Reporte: Intoxicaciуn Alimentaria
Sнntomas: Nausea Vomiting Headache Stomach Pain
“6 of us, including an infant, went to SeaWorld 1/1/20. We had all-day-dine. And ate 3 times- at several places, and finally- here. 1/2/20 I have a 10 year old vomiting with headache who rallied early afternoon, a 73 year old vomiting with headache and unable to keep anything down... See More at all, a 48 year old with stomachs pain- all ate bacon cheeseburgers. 73 year old got an old, cold burger. The other two got new ones we had to wait 15 minutes for right before they closed for the night.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Costco Wholesale, East Valley View Parkway, Independence, MO, USA

Tipo de Reporte: Intoxicaciуn Alimentaria
Sнntomas: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Cramps
“I bought a Rotisserie Chicken on Saturday 12/29/2019 and took it home and ate some of it that night. I had not ate anything else all day and was hungry. It is the only thing I ate that day at 6:00 p.m. and then at 1:30 a.m. I woke up... See More very nauseated and started vomiting and Diarrhea with severe abdominal cramps until 6:30 in the morning. I took some black charcoal to help with the poisoning at about 8 a.m. on 12/29/2019 and it seemed to help the symptoms. Still not feeling up to par after 2 days.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Joe Morley's BBQ, West Center Street, Midvale, UT, USA

Tipo de Reporte: Intoxicaciуn Alimentaria
Sнntomas: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Restaurant Meal, french fries There were 7 of us that were at the restaurant 5 of us got sick. The only food we all ate in common that the other 2 didn't was french fries. The first 2 people were vomiting within 1 hour. The next person about an hour... See More after that and the other 2 a couple hours later. We all are vomiting multiple times and 2 people have diarrhea.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

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