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Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated food that is handled or cooked incorrectly before it reaches your plate.

Food can be contaminated by infectious ‘bugs’ (bacteria, viruses, parasites) at any point of growing, harvesting, processing, manufacturing, storing, shipping or preparing. Cross-contamination happens when these harmful ‘bugs’ are transferred from one surface to another.

Researchers have identified more than 250 foodborne diseases. Most of them are caused by a bacteria, viruses, and parasites. However, harmful toxins and chemicals can also contaminate foods and cause food poisoning.

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Recent Interesting Reports

Wendy's, 3030 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Nausea Other
“Ordered spicy chicken and when I went to chewing, everything inside my mouth seemed foreign. Immediately spat it up, made the video, went to bathroom and threw up. When I came out of the restroom I noticed the sandwich and any remaining evidence was discarded and when I requested the... See More substantial evidence the manager said she's not going into the trash and threatened me with the police. She attempted to simply pacify my clearly traumatized self with a refund for their mishap and then threatened with police when I insisted on the uncooked evidence. Started having pounding headache and feeling nauseous so was transported via ambulance from the scene and diagnosed with gastroenteritis from capital Regional medical center.
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Wendy's, Austin Blvd, Island Park, NY, USA

Report Type: Food Safety
“you may want to have a chat. Not only did his store forget the chicken nuggets on the order, he was unapologetic with his raw chicken service. I wouldn’t have cared if I noticed before I ate it.... to be fair, he did offer a refund for the sandwich ONLY.... ”
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Tucker's Super Creamed Ice Cream, Park Street, Alameda, CA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Fever
“After dinner down the street at a restaurant, my 8-year old son indulged in a full scoop of Rainbow Sherbet on a sugar cone. I warned him that it was too big and that he might get sick. 4 hours later he barfed up our expensive night out. I recall... See More thinking that the ice cream didn’t seem very cold...and that the medium rare Pepper Steak we had earlier wasn’t hot. All night with his head in the toilet and a slight fever, I suspect food poisoning. I don’t have symptoms but I also didn’t have the ice cream. Urgent Care in the morning.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

The Cheesecake Factory, Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Both my spouse and I had chicken and have spent all day in the bathroom. I believe it was the chicken we ate.  2 out of 3 of us are having diarrhea and committing. The other guest is also starting to feel ill. We ate at the restaurant around 12pm... See More yesterday 2/13. We all consumed chicken and an appetizer. Symptoms started about 12 hours later. 
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Tim Hortons, 1134 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, Canada

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
Chicken Strips I ordered a chicken strips combo. I had chipotle dipping sauce, a steeped tea with 2 milks 1 sugar, and a honey cruller donut. I felt nauseous within 30 mins of consumption. I was burping a lot and felt that the chicken wasn't sitting well in my stomach.... See More I ate this at 3:30 or so, it is now almost 8pm and I have been on the toilet 20+ times, I feel extremely nauseous and during the course of writing this I have vomited 3 times.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Calamian Islands Travel & Tours, Coron - Busuanga Road, Coron Town Proper, Coron, Palawan, Philippines

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“The three of us, I, my wife and my cousin, went on the super ultimate tour with them and then went to Lolo Nonoys for dinner after the tour. Shortly after that, the 3 of us got sick vomiting  and diarrhea the whole day next day. We’re not sure which... See More one got us sick. All 3 of us got sick. Vomiting and diarrhea just about midnight.
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Masa Japanese Hibachi, South Willow Street, Manchester, NH, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Other Dehydration Chills Sweating
“Four of us shared about 6 different types of rolls varying in types, both raw and cooked. Plus a grilled calamari plate. Our guests were up all last night due to being ill with vomiting, watery diarrhea, severe aches, nausea, sweating, chills, etc and led us to become rather dehydrated.... See More So miserable and disappointed!
Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User

Waitrose Duchy Organic Almonds - recalled over Salmonella concerns

Report Type: Food Recall
“FSA announced the recall of Waitrose Duchy Organic Almonds by Waitrose & Partners as they might be contaminated with Salmonella.

FSA advises consumers not to eat the product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

- Waitrose Duchy Organic Almonds (150g). Best before: 28 July... See More 2020

Check the full recall notice on the FSA website food.gov.uk

Source: FSA

McDonald's, 1567 Northeast Burnside Road, Gresham, OR, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Weakness Sweating
“Mc chicken and nuggets My 3 year old and my self. I'm 21 weeks pregnant. Had at 1:11 pm Symptoms started 2 hours afterward for me and 6 hours later for my daughter. I puked and had diarrhea then We left for a birthday party. My daughter had weakness and... See More had sweats at around 7pm and then she PUKED on the table.
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Coronavirus or Food Poisoning? Information about the current outbreak.

Report Type: Outbreak
“There is some confusion surrounding the current Coronavirus (called 2019-NocV) outbreak that began in December 2019 and whether you can get it through food. Here is some information:

What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans. Past outbreaks include Middle East Respiratory... See More Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The current novel Coronavirus (a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans) is thought to originate in live food markets in Wuhan, China through animals and human contact.

How is it transmitted?
Coronaviruses such as the current 2019-NocV are transmitted through the respiratory system, not the gut, so there is a low risk of infection through the consumption of contaminated food. Restaurants can be a site of transmission of coronavirus because of the large numbers of people congregating in close quarters and then coughing/sneezing could spread the disease just like in other places (transportation, schools, etc). But the food itself isn’t a likely vehicle.

Signs of infection?
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases and those with weakened immune systems, an infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

Recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO):
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth+nose when coughing/sneezing, and avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

For more info, please visit: who.int