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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

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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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Current outbreaks and recalls for the US, Canada and Europe

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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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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, 26230 Northwest Fwy, Cypress, TX 77429, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Fever Stomach Pain
“Our hole family got sick.. 6 members 2 adults and 4 children. We eat yesterday evening for dinner around 4. We all woke up feeling sick. One of my children couldn't sleep all night due to stomach pain. My two youngest 2 and 4 year old have a fever as... See More well alone with stomach pain and diarrhea, nousea, they don't feel well and don't want to even eat. My 7 and 9 year old have stomach pain with diarrhea
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Burger King, Belmont Street, Brockton, MA, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea
“I ate the impossible whopper on 5/25. I felt sick pretty much immediately. I had relentless diarrhea 30 minutes later, persisting for about an hour. I thought maybe they put a meat patty on the whopper because I haven’t eaten meat in 10 years. ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Kroger, Market Square Drive, Maysville, KY 41056, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“I have gotten sick twice within 2 weeks from eating Marie Callendar Chicken Pot Pies. About 3-4 hours after eating the first one I experienced nausea and diarrhea but was unsure if the pie was the cause. I ate another a week later and within 4 hours had nausea and... See More horrible vomiting. I purchased 3 of these pies on April 30, 2020. I will be discarding the remaining one.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Publix, Clearwater, Florida, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea
“roast pork sandwich With jalapeños and Swiss cheese I was the only one that ate the sandwich the symptoms started almost immediately my stomach started cramping. A little later and I sat on the toilet and I realize what was going on. I went to the bathroom and about three... See More times last night. Woke up this morning and went this morning
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Captain D's, North Freeway Road, Pueblo, CO, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting
“Fried fish from there ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User
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McDonald's, Markham Road, Markham, ON, Canada

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Other Cramps
“Coworker and I had breakfast consisting of hash browns and breakfast burritos. Both started experiencing stomach cramps then severe diarrhea that afternoon. It’s 2 days later and we’re both still sick. It was the only thing we ate that day and both of us experienced these same symptoms. It’s violent... See More diarrhea. Bad cramps. I emailed them to report. We'll see if they respond.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User
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Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, 183rd Street, Cerritos, CA, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Stomach Pain
“On 05/16/2020 at 2pm. My wife and I picked up are meal from there. As soon as we get home, we dig in. Later that night I ended up feeling Nauseated and having the urge to use the restroom. After being on the toilet for almost an hour. Nothing. But... See More now the Middle of my stomach started to hurt really bad. I decided to go to bed. However, I was waking up in the middle of the night. Until finally got up to throw up. Which was all the food I had there. Now it’s the next day. The middle of my stomach is painful. I can’t eat regular food because it hurts my stomach so much. Going to the Doctors office tomorrow.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User
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Donovan's, U.S. 11, Malone, NY, USA

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
Salad After eating the salad. I felt it just sitting in my gut could even stilll smell the dressing. About four hours later I threw up tiny pieces of lettuce. And again about 1/2 later. Still feel sick ”
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Banana, Steve's 9th Street Market, 329 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Stomach Pain
“I ate half of a banana, only because it tasted weird so I threw it out. Only 10 minutes later and I was having extreme abdominal pain and began throwing up almost instantly. Uncontrollable bowel movements and low blood pressure are also a symptom. The pains and nausea went away... See More about an hour later from meditating, I feel fine now so it seemed like a one-day thing.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User
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Havercroft Fish Bar, Cow Lane, Havercroft, Wakefield, UK

Type: Poisoned
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Cramps Chills
“I ordered an haif and haif pizza and chips I got Hawaiian on one haif and sausage on the other when it came it was fried sausage that was then placed on the pizza since I ate it I've been I'll since Saturday I had only had it on the... See More Friday night come the Saturday I had high temperature chills severe vomiting and diarrhoea stomach cramps headache and full body cramps
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