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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 IWasPoisoned.com.

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: https://www.foodsafety.gov/poisoning/effects) 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

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Highway 7, Markham, ON, Canada

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
chicken it was pink and smelt old, The chicken was fatty smelt old and it’s super pink some was super brown I am having diarrhea and throwing up it took 15 mins ”
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User
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Domino's Pizza, High Street, Dronfield, UK

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Other
“A take away meal from there Ordered the food last night for myself ate most of it and had the rest a few hours later before then heading to bed. Woke up around 5am due to pain from a really upset stomach and nausea before starting with diarrhoea not long... See More after. I had only had toast for breakfast so I am 100% sure this meal is what caused me to be unwell as I was absolutely fine before eating the meal.
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|1 person found this review helpful

Five Guys, Langgasse, Wiesbaden, Germany

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Not sure  My husband and I went there.  He’s fine, but I threw up a few hours after eating, then got really bad diarrhea the next day.  My stomach is still grumbling and my bowels are still messed up. ”
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KFC, Brookway Boulevard, Brookhaven, MS, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Fever
Chicken On the 1st I ate, DURING THAT WEEK AFTER I EXPERIENCED NAUSEA, DIREAH , ON THE 8TH I HAD A UTI, ON THE 9TH I WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL WITH SEVERE PAIN IN MY RIGHT KIDNEY WITH FEVER OVER 103.3. ”
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'Pre' brand ground beef - Recalled due to contamination

Report Type: Food Recall
“FSIS announced the recall of approximately 2000 pounds of Pre 95% Lean 5% Fat ground beef by Amity Packing Company Inc. as they might be contaminated with clear thin pliable plastic pieces. There have been no injuries reported linked to this recall.

FSIS advises not to consume these products and... See More throw them away or return them to the place of purchase instead. The recalled products bear establishment number “EST. 6916”, and were distributed to retail locations in IL, IN, KY, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA, and WI.

- Pre 95% Lean/5% Fat Ground Beef (1 lb). Lot code: 0060. Case code: 11402. Use/Freeze by 01/31/2020

The full recall notice is available on the FSIS website fsis.usda.gov

Source: FSIS
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|2 people found this review helpful

Popina Canteen, 1691 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea
“3 of us ate at today, 3 of us had very bad gastro attack within 4 hrs of consuming our chicken burgers.  My sister and I went for Lunch, we each had chicken burgers (mine the dine out menu and my sister Mild chicken burger with no bun.  ”
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Ujwala Grand, Medak - Hyderabad Road, Gandi Maisamma, Domara Pocham Pally, Telangana, India

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Food poisoning I ordered one fish biriyani on saturday night 9.30. Symptoms started at night. I woke up two time at night due to thirst and at morning i was very tired. But i decided to eat breakfast. But after breakfast the symtoms got worse and i vomited and little... See More fever also started. After that my body was rejecting everything even plain water for almost one day. Now i started recovering after two days.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Pret A Manger, 1350 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019, United States

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Nausea
vegetarian salad-lentils, avocado, pickled carrot, spinach. Lemony dressing. I bought the salad around 4 pm. I had not eaten lunch. The nausea started when I got into bed, around 11:30. It got progressively strong and I could not sleep. I decided not to vomit, but could have easily. I looked... See More up how to relieve nausea and found sutting up a fresh lemon and smelling it and sucking it did the trick. I did not have any fresh ginger, which is the preferred remedy. The smell relieve the nausea and I went to sleep.
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Fred Meyer, Southeast 172nd Avenue, Happy Valley, OR, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea
“Bought a salad and have had diarrhea 2 weeks I bought a prepackaged salad mix and ate it for lunch and by that night I had diarhea and it's been non stop for 2 1/2 weeks with 2 trips to my doctor. Doctor advised this was good poisoning ”
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La Madeleine French bakery, Bailey's Crossroads, VA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Other
“Pumpkin pie The pumpkin pie was a little frozen. I asked them to heat it up. When it came back there was no whip cream on it. So I asked him to add some. They quite possibly or angry at me for sending it back twice so I think they... See More spiked it with something.
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