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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


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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If you have food poisoning please report it to 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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Current outbreaks and recalls for the US, Canada and Europe







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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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

UPDATE: Canadian Beef and Veal Products Recalled for E. Coli in Canada and The US

Report Type: Food Recall
“The list of products recalled by Ryding-Regency Meat Packers Ltd. & St. Ann's Foods Inc./Ryding-Regency Meat Packers Ltd. in Canada because of possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination continues to grow and now it is at over 860 products.

For a complete list of Canadian products, follow the link to the... See More

Buenavista Banquets & Restaurant, West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“I've ate this place for years, at their other location, even after they were on a segment known as dirty dining. I had a lengua burrito like usual, but a few hours after eating I felt nauseous. I woke up the next morning vomiting. By the afternoon I had diarrhea.... See More
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Cho Cho San, Balboa Boulevard, Encino, CA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“My sister and I had a large meal there on Sunday, October 20, 2019.

We ordered several hand rolls and cut rolls (primarily baked fish, scallops, shrimp, eel, etc.) all prepared with either regular or spicy mayo - baked with avocado, cucumber and rice.

On Monday we both felt unwell... See More
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|1 person found this review helpful

Amy’s pad Thai, San Jose, CA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Nausea
“I ate this last night and then woke up at 4:30 with stomach pain. I went back to sleep and then had extreme nausea and stomach pain while walking my dog. I felt sick to my stomach with nausea but didn’t throw up. I wish I did because at least... See More
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|1 person found this review helpful

Walmart Neighborhood Market, 1885 N Pine Island Rd, Plantation, FL 33322, United States

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Chills
“I drank Great Value milk on 11/05/19 and it tasted funny but the "Best if Used By" date reads DEC 13 on the carton., Tuesday, 11/05/2019, I drank this milk after dinner and by midnight I was very sick,a vomiting, with terrible nausea, diarrhea, chills, trembling and had to be... See More
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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, East Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Stomach Pain
“We order the 2pc chicken and my son order the famous chicken. He is sick with diarrhea and I ate one piece at evening by Morning my stomach aches like ulcer burn, nausea, and it feels like some sort of worm tape worm. Eating yogurt now for a quick fix... See More
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|1 person found this review helpful

Rubio's Coastal Grill, East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Other
“We ate shrimp burrito, signature beer-battered fish burrito and chips at 2pm. My husband started to have diarrhea and vomiting at 5:30pm. My stomach started to feel uncomfortable at 10pm. The next day, we can barely eat anything and still have diarrhea, feel nausea and dizziness.”
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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, West Mount Houston Road, Houston, Texas, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Me and my girlfriend ate the new chicken sandwich, my symptoms started 20 min after eating half the sandwich with nausea and vomiting and lasted for 4 hours, towards the second hour I got diarreah, my GF symptoms started a few hours later (she is still going through it at... See More
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|3 people found this review helpful

Handy Road, ASTONS Specialities @ The Cathay, The Cathay, Singapore

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Headache
“Had dinner @ 645pm and ordered double up chicken. Later at night, vomited throughout the night with severe migraine and shivering. Several friends of mine experienced mild bouts of food poisoning symptoms too, abeit not as serious as mine”
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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Martin Luther King Junior Drive, Cartersville, GA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Nausea
“Spicy Chicken Sandwich , I was the only one that bought one an hour ago and the symptoms started 5 minutes after I was done eating it I ate almost the whole sandwich and thru the other piece in the trash . I just started getting nauseated feeling like I... See More
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