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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

Panda Express, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Cramps
“We ordered it on night of 5th January and had chow mein, walnut honey shrimp and beef Shanghai. All 4 of us ate the chow mein. My daughter started vomiting at around midnight and I started having cramping and diarrhoea shortly after. My daughters vomiting continued into the night and... See More she also had diarrhoea around 3am. I had several bouts of diarrhoea during the night and then the vomiting started at around 3:30am. My son started vomiting at 8am and again at 8:30am. He too then had bouts of diarrhoea from 9:30am to around 4pm. My husband got his symptoms on the night of the 7th. He started vomiting at midnight and had diarrhoea immediately after. This continued on into the night and stopped around 5am. 
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Pizza Hut, South 17th Street, Wilmington, NC, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Cramps
“I was feeling great. Picked up my kid and we went to have dinner. We ordered two separate entrees. I ordered a supreme pan pizza. Within an hour and a half I was having severe stomach cramps, nausea. Then suddenly the profuse projectile vomiting occurred until dry heaves. Please do... See More not eat at here
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Albertsons, Western Center Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
shrimp inflated with silicone I was already having some stomach issues but this seemed to make them much worse. When I threw up I found two white, firm but squishy, ice cube sized things. I took them into my doctor and we went over what I had eaten lately. I... See More had jumbo shrimp from Albertson's. They were bagged and frozen but then steamed and flavored in the store. My doctor told me about how shrimp are injected with silicone and silicone like substances and showed me several stories and videos documenting this. We agreed it seemed like this was likely the substance that got partially digested in my system and then showed up when I got sick in the sink.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Five Guys, Pats Ranch Road, Jurupa Valley, CA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Cramps Chills Stomach Pain
“I ordered burger from postmates about an hour before they closed. When it arrived i opened to find everything was right and started eating while watching tv. About an hour after, i finished eating and immediately had stomach pain and the urge to use the bathroom I stated above what... See More had happened, urges kicked in about an hour after i started eating.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Hotel Now Onyx, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Fever Sweating
“All 4 of us violently ill when we got home from 8 day stay from December 24-31 2019. We didn’t eat or drink anywhere else. All of us also took the vaccine Dukurol! I’ve travelled to other Caribbean islands without issue. 2 of the 4 of us are children aged... See More 10 & 17. Going to hospital today as one child is still extremely ill. Explosive stools, vomiting, fever, sweats, chills. We will never go back to the DR.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User
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Applebee's Grill + Bar, West 120th Avenue, Broomfield, CO, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Loss of Appetite Stomach Pain
Chicken Wonton Tacos from there. After lunch, about 30 minutes, I developed nausea, stomach pain, sour stomach, and loss of appetite. Later in the day I got worse, and I vomited all night, along with diarrhea. ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

McDonald's Exchange Walk, Exchange Walk, Saint Peter's Gate, Nottingham, UK

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“A Big Tasty meal and Chicken wrap Happy Meal  I ate Big Tasty meal and my son’s Happy Meal chicken wrap, because he was not hungry and refused, at 4pm. My symptoms started at 8:30pm. Nausea, vomit and later diarrhea. It’s 2am now and I keep going to the bathroom... See More every hour with same symptoms.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Columbus, OH, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Fever Chills
“My brother was visiting me from illinois this christmas, We ate at many places during the christmas not sure what triggered the virus, but all of us got sick. The symptoms are extremely painful. Vomitings, Diarhea,Chills, bodypain and high fever. ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Burger King

Report Type: Food Safety
“I Went at 11:00pm (close 12am) got the mix and 2 for $6. Spicy chicken and a whopper. The chicken is clearly undercooked and whopper was cold as well. I went back at 11:11pm and no one would come back to the window to resolve it.. ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Save-On-Foods, Calgary, AB, Canada

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Vomiting
“I think it was the salsa since everyone had the same thing for supper except I had Pace salsa medium with my taco salad  Just 1 person sick. I wasn”t feeling good about 30 minutes after eating supper and then about 2 hours later I was stuck in the bathroom  ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

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