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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 Mayo Clinic provides the following information of some of the possible contaminants, when you might start to feel symptoms and common ways the organism is spread.1

 

Contaminant

Onset of symptoms

Foods affected and means of transmission

Campylobacter

2 to 5 days 

Meat and poultry. Contamination occurs during processing if animal feces contact meat surfaces. Other sources include unpasteurized milk and contaminated water.

Clostridium botulinum

12 to 72 hours

Home-canned foods with low acidity, improperly canned commercial foods, smoked or salted fish, potatoes baked in aluminum foil, and other foods kept at warm temperatures for too   long.

Clostridium perfringens

8 to 16 hours

Meats, stews and gravies. Commonly spread when serving dishes don't keep food hot enough or food is chilled too slowly.

Escherichia coli  (E. coli) O157:H7

1 to 8 days 

 Beef contaminated with feces during slaughter. Spread mainly by undercooked ground beef. Other sources include unpasteurized milk and apple cider, alfalfa sprouts, and contaminated water.

Giardia lamblia  

1 to 2 weeks

Raw, ready-to-eat produce and contaminated water. Can be spread by an infected food handler.

Hepatitis A

28 days

Raw, ready-to-eat produce and shellfish from contaminated water. Can be spread by an infected food handler.

Listeria

9 to 48 hours

Hot dogs, luncheon meats, unpasteurized milk and cheeses, and unwashed raw produce. Can be spread through contaminated soil and water.

Noroviruses (Norwalk-like viruses)

12 to 48 hours

Raw, ready-to-eat produce and shellfish from contaminated water. Can be spread by an infected food handler.

Rotavirus

1 to 3 days

Raw, ready-to-eat produce. Can be spread by an infected food handler.

Salmonella

1 to 3 days

Raw or contaminated meat, poultry, milk, or egg yolks. Survives inadequate cooking. Can be spread by knives, cutting surfaces or an infected food handler.

Shigella

24 to 48 hours

Seafood and raw, ready-to-eat produce. Can be spread by an infected food handler.

Staphylococcus aureus

1 to 6 hours

Meats and prepared salads, cream sauces, and cream-filled pastries. Can be spread by hand contact, coughing and sneezing.

Vibrio vulnificus 

1 to 7 days 

Raw oysters and raw or undercooked mussels, clams, and whole scallops. Can be spread through contaminated seawater

 

According to the Mayo Clinic, treatment of serious food poisoning may include:

  • Replacement of lost fluids. Fluids and electrolytes — minerals such as sodium, potassium and calcium that maintain the balance of fluids in your body — lost to persistent diarrhea need to be replaced. Some children and adults with persistent diarrhea or vomiting may need hospitalization, where they can receive salts and fluids through a vein (intravenously), to prevent or treat dehydration.
  • Antibiotics. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if you have certain kinds of bacterial food poisoning and your symptoms are severe. Food poisoning caused by listeria needs to be treated with intravenous antibiotics during hospitalization. The sooner treatment begins, the better. During pregnancy, prompt antibiotic treatment may help keep the infection from affecting the baby. Antibiotics will not help food poisoning caused by viruses. Antibiotics may actually worsen symptoms in certain kinds of viral or bacterial food poisoning. Talk to your doctor about your options.

Adults with diarrhea that isn't bloody and who have no fever may get relief from taking over the counter medications; loperamide (Imodium A-D) or bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol). Ask your doctor about these options.

When you should talk to your doctor?

The CDC recommends to see your doctor if you have: – High fever (temperature over 101.5 F, measured orally) – Blood in the stools – Prolonged vomiting that prevents keeping liquids down (which can lead to dehydration) – Signs of dehydration, including a decrease in urination, a dry mouth and throat, and feeling dizzy when standing up.- – Diarrheal illness that lasts more than 3 days.

Here are some questions you can ask a doctor or another medical professional:

  • What's the likely cause of the symptoms? Are there other possible causes?
  • Is there a need for tests?
  • What's the best treatment approach? Are there alternatives?
  • Is there a need for medication? If yes, is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing?
  • How can I ease the symptoms?

Some questions the doctor may ask include:

  • Has anyone in your family or otherwise close to you developed similar symptoms? If so, did you eat the same things?
  • Have you traveled anywhere where the water or food might not be safe?
  • Are you having bloody bowel movements?
  • Do you have a fever?
  • Had you taken antibiotics in the days or weeks before your symptoms started?
  • When did symptoms begin?
  • Have the symptoms been continuous, or do they come and go?
  • What foods have you eaten in the past few days?

In the meantime, you or your loved one who is sick should drink plenty of fluids and only eat bland foods to reduce stress on your digestive system. If your child is sick, follow the same approach — offer plenty of fluids and bland food. If you're breast-feeding or using formula, continue to feed your child as usual.

Ask your child's doctor if giving your child an oral rehydration fluid (Pedialyte, Enfalyte, others) is appropriate. Older adults and people with weakened immune systems might also benefit from oral rehydration solutions. Medications that help ease diarrhea generally aren't recommended for children.


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Recalled Food

If you have food poisoning and want to check recently recalled foods, please visit this page:

Current Food Recalls

Current Multistate Food Poisoning 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.

Here is a list of current multistate foodborne illness outbreaks.

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Note:

1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/food-poisoning/symptoms-causes/syc-20356230

Recent Interesting Reports

October 5, 2020 11:00 AM

“Company name: Seneca Snack Company
Brand name: Seneca, Clancy’s
Product recalled: Seneca Cinnamon Apple Chips and Clancy’s Cinnamon Apple Chips
Reason of the recall: Possible Salmonella contamination
FDA Recall date: October 05, 2020
Recall details: Seneca Snack Company, a Washington Corporati... See Moreon, is announcing a voluntary recall of Seneca Cinnamon Apple Chips and Clancy’s Cinnamon Apple Chips due to possible Salmonella contamination. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting in the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.

This recall is only for specific cinnamon flavor lot codes, no other flavor apple chips are affected. This only affects Clancy’s product sold by ALDI and Seneca products sold nationwide through Amazon and Gemline, no other retailers are affected. Seneca is not aware of any reports of consumer illness related to this product.

Seneca was notified by an ingredient supplier that it shipped one lot of ingredients containing cinnamon that has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. In response to that notification; Seneca is now retrieving Cinnamon Apple Chips from its distribution system. The recall extends to the following labels and package sizes ONLY:

- Seneca Cinnamon Apple Chips 0.7 ounce Package. UPC: 0 18195-70140 4. Individual Package Codes: 26JUN2021
- Seneca Cinnamon Apple Chips 2.5 ounce Package. UPC: 0 18195-70100 8. Individual Package Codes: 28JUN2021
- Clancy’s Cinnamon Apple Chips 2.5 ounce Package. Individual Package Codes: 26JUN2021 / 27JUN2021

Consumers with this product should return it for a full refund to the retail outlet where it was purchased. Consumers who want more information may call Seneca Foods Consumer Affairs at 1-800-872-1110.

Check the full recall details on fda.gov

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Dominos Pizza, Dayton, OH, USA

Symptoms: Other
Dayton, OH, USA

October 2, 2020 3:53 PM

Veggie thin crust no cheese  It was just me and I noticed my lip swelling after the first piece  See Less
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Domino's Pizza, Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea Other Cramps
Domino's Pizza, Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH, USA

October 22, 2020 5:42 PM

“I had cramps on toilet and diarrhea! Never eating there again. After 30 minute's! See Less
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Dollar Tree, 7423 North U.S. 31, Indianapolis, IN 46227, United States

Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Stomach Pain
Dollar Tree, 7423 North U.S. 31, Indianapolis, IN 46227, United States

October 8, 2020 4:55 AM

“I bought a bag of the mini Oreos there and ate them before I went to bed at 11. I woke up at 4 with extreme stomach pain which led to nausea. Then suddenly it just came spewing out EVERYWHERE for 15 minutes. See Less
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Domino's Pizza, Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS, USA

Symptoms: Nausea Diarrhea Vomiting
Domino's Pizza, Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS, USA

October 5, 2020 1:28 PM

“I ordered a medium pizza and boneless buffalo hot wings. See Less
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KFC Bloemfontein (Curie Avenue), Curie Avenue, Fleurdal, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Symptoms: Diarrhea Other
KFC Bloemfontein (Curie Avenue), Curie Avenue, Fleurdal, Bloemfontein, South Africa

October 12, 2020 8:37 AM

“Their orderd gave me diarrhea and lower bowel discomfort and pain.

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Fred Meyer, 196th Street Southwest, Lynnwood, WA, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Cramps
Fred Meyer, 196th Street Southwest, Lynnwood, WA, USA

October 4, 2020 10:03 PM

Grapes Purchased grapes early this afternoon at the grocery store with my mother. Came home and put them in the fridge. Ate them a couple hours later. After eating some of the grapes I began getting stomach cramps. Within an hour of eating them and the cramps starting I started having diarrhea. Curr... See Moreently still experiencing severe stomach cramps and nausea. See Less
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The Habit Burger Grill, U.S. 1, Lawrence Township, NJ, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Other Cramps
The Habit Burger Grill, U.S. 1, Lawrence Township, NJ, USA

October 13, 2020 7:23 AM

“Cesar salad After eating the salad about 2 hours later I felt cramps and nausea and that's when I got hot flashes and diarrhea for 2 days See Less
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Tesco Superstore, Hall Street, Alfreton DE55 7BT, UK

Symptoms: Nausea Diarrhea Other Cramps
Tesco Superstore, Hall Street, Alfreton DE55 7BT, UK

October 24, 2020 1:18 AM

“I eat the chicken Caesar wrap at 11PM, symptoms kicked in at 12, started off with bad stomach cramps, they are extremely painful, diarrhea followed, and it’s 3 days in, my muscles hurt, I can’t stop sleeping and I feel terrible See Less
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Walmart Supercenter, Lowes Boulevard, Killeen, TX, USA

Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Diarrhea Fever Headache Dizziness Chills Stomach Pain
Walmart Supercenter, Lowes Boulevard, Killeen, TX, USA

October 15, 2020 7:01 AM

“On October 3, 2020 I myself, and my Neice went to the local neighborhood market and purchased some seafood items, which Me my son, TX y Neice and her Daughter all consumed the product and we all got sick. We brought 2 bags of the small red potatoes, 5 Bags of Great Value Shrimps, 3 package of Lobs... See Moreters tails that they packed themselves, 2 boxes of Snowcrabs, 1 bag of Lobster Arms and Claws and 1 package of this Beef Smoked Sausage not sure of the name but I know it if I see it. No less then an Hour later MY son immediately got sick, vomiting, severe stomach pain, head pounding headache, and fever,diarrhea,dizziness, and the shakes from chills. My Neice had all the same symptoms as my son did, I myself had the vomiting and the stomach pain and diarrhea and headache, my neice daughter her stomach was hurting. I save the rest of the content and the packaging and brought it all back the next morning. See Less
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