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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

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. If you believe you are suffering from a foodborne illness, please report it to

Common signs of food poisoning

Common signs of food poisoning are nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea. However, symptoms may differ among the different types of foodborne diseases. Symptoms can sometimes be severe and some foodborne illnesses can even be life-threatening. Anyone can get a foodborne illness, but people in these categories are more at risk of the severe or long-term impacts:

  • Pregnant women
  • Young children
  • Older adults
  • People with immune systems weakened from medical conditions, such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or from receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Many people with food poisoning get better without medical treatment, but people with severe symptoms should see their doctor.

Complications From Food Poisoning

Many cases of food poisoning result in a mild illness that lasts a few hours or several days. However some people need to be hospitalized and/or have illnesses that result in long-term health problems (insert: or even death. Infections transmitted by food can result in chronic arthritis, brain and nerve damage, and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which causes kidney failure.

When to See a Doctor for Severe Food Poisoning

If you experience symptoms of food poisoning, such as diarrhea or vomiting, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, according to the CDC. See your doctor or healthcare provider if you have symptoms that are severe, including:

  • High fever (temperature over 101.5°F)
  • Blood in stools
  • Frequent vomiting that prevents keeping liquids down
  • Signs of dehydration, including a marked decrease in urination, a very dry mouth and throat, or feeling dizzy when standing up.
  • Diarrhea that lasts more than 3 days


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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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Recent Interesting Reports

Red Lobster, U.S. 1, Iselin, NJ, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Vomiting
“My husband and our kids dined at this location last night. My husband, myself and my seven year old daughter became violently ill around 2am this morning. We have severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. We shared the shrimp scampi, crab legs and lobster tails.”
Reported By User

Swamp shack, Bay Area Boulevard, Friendswood, TX, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Nausea Vomiting
“Took my family to the restaurant for family dinner. Ordered the seafood platters and gumbo.

The food all gave us upset stomachs and some fever as well.

The restaurant also had a faint smell of sewage in the air.

I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant to anyone.”
Reported By User

Teriyaki Experience, Campeau Drive, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Nausea Vomiting
“I went in to get a custom shrimp bowl. The man working offered me free tempura shrimp. I was given six. They definitely weren’t fresh. I’m not sure which item it was but I was vomiting for six consecutive hours. I ate at this location last night (9/18/2019) and became... See More
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|1 person found this review helpful

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Harvard Road, Orange, OH, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Our family had dinner there on 10/12/19. Our Reservation was at 7:00 pm. I ordered the Campanelle Shrimp Rustic. After, eating 3 bites of the food and took the rest home. By the time I arrived home the diarrhea and stomach cramps began. Today, I am unable to keep anything... See More
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Tepanyaki, 7233 Plaza Center Dr, West Jordan, UT 84084, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea
“The food, three of us had the salmon terriyaki and one had the chicken and stake terriyaki , Four of us ate there and all four got sick. We all started getting sick half an hour after we ate there, we had diarrhea that was pretty bad. We had dinner... See More
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McDonald's, 8750 W 135th St, Overland Park, KS 66223, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
chicken nuggets, along with Mc griddle sausage, egg and cheese sandwich, We, altogether 3 had breakfast on October 12th morning. My husband and daughter had McGriddle sandwiches. I had 4 piece chicken nuggets along with the Mc Griddle sandwich. Hence, I believe it’s the nuggets that caused the food poisoning... See More
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Gululu Restaurant, Road, Saint Julian's, Malta

Report Type: Allergic Reaction
Symptoms: Fever Nausea Vomiting
“I had fish Lampuki and had really bad allergic reaction including red skin, trouble breathing, high bp. I ended in hospital where I spent several hours getting different types of medicine. Nurse called restaurant asking to not serve the fish but they ignored it. I called them asking for the... See More
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Budapest, W35 BURGER BAR BUDAPEST, Teréz körút, Hungary

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Vomiting
“My friends and I visited on September 14th,2019 for dinner around 9PM. We all ate cheeseburgers and fries. Two of us ordered the lemonades. Around 4:00 AM, we all woke up with stomach pains. We all experienced nausea and diarrhea for several hours. One of us had vomiting several times.”
Reported By User
|1 person found this review helpful

Red Robin, Mesa, AZ, USA

Report Type: Food Safety
“I've never had a problem with your sandwiches or burgers until tonight. Pink chicken to the core at your location. My UberEats driver was great and he warned me it was ready too fast. Didn't expect this though.”
Reported By User
|2 people found this review helpful

Taco Bell, 2103 N Mesa St, El Paso, TX, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea
“After I ate a beef Cheddar Chalupa I started getting a terrible stomachache. After eating I started feeling sicker and sicker and needed some fresh air.
As I walked down the street, I became violently ill. I truly thought my intestines were about to burst. Thankfully, I found Burger King... See More
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|1 person found this review helpful