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Iwaspoisoned.com is an independent, curated crowd-sourcing site designed to monitor food safety incidents in real-time. Our mission is threefold;
- Provide an outlet for consumers to share their experiences
- Assist health departments in identifying potential outbreaks
- Help companies protect their customers and brand reputation.
DID YOU KNOW…?
In 2015, Americans spent more money on dining out than on groceries. In fact, 1 in 4 eat fast food daily and almost 60% eat out at a non-fast food restaurant at least once a week. Many of these people will get food poisoning....
HOW IWASPOISONED.COM WORKS
REPORT: If a consumer gets sick from eating out Iwaspoisoned.com provides a fast and simple way for consumers to share their experience and raise the alert of a potential problem.
SEARCH: for reports from other consumers: • By city or state • By restaurant or product name • By restaurant name in a specific area.
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Foodborne Illness BY THE NUMBERS:
- United States:
- 50 million sickened annually
- 3,000 deaths
- 600 million sickened annually
- 420,000 deaths
- Approximately 30+% of deaths are children
- 49% of local health departments nationwide have reduced or eliminated programs
- 36% of staff lost at local health departments nationwide
- More than $15.6 billion estimated annual impact to the U.S. economy
- Chipotle lost $10.7 billion in market capital during the 2015 outbreak crisis
- Former Peanut Corporation of America CEO currently serving 28 year prison term for knowingly distributing products that killed nine and made thousands ill
WHO IWASPOISONED.COM HELPS
- Sign-up for city-level alerts
- Search for incidents
- Identify potentially risky places, leading to safer choices
- PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTS:
- Get state-, city-, or county-level alerts
- Supplement existing reporting systems
- Enable better targeting of inspections
- Identify potential outbreaks sooner
- Subscription to Enterprise Level Access, includes:
- Early warning alerts service
- Benchmarking and competitive ranking analysis
- Access to detailed epidemiology reports
- Connect with affected consumers
- Subscription to Enterprise Level Access, includes:
Iwaspoisoned.com was founded as a solution that could be applied across the entire spectrum of food poisoning cases: from consumers who report illnesses and receive alerts where they live or travel, to companies who track reports on their restaurants, to public health departments who need to supplement existing systems. Iwaspoisoned.com serves every constituency out there to ultimately ensure that consumers have a safe dining experience.
HOW IWASPOISONED.COM BEGAN
Iwaspoisoned.com developed organically, after its founder, Patrick Quade, experienced an excruciating bout of food poisoning. “When you experience something that traumatic, you want to tell people about it,” said Patrick. “In doing so, I found that many people had similar stories about food poisoning and that got me thinking: if enough people shared these stories as they occurred, could they prevent others from getting sick?”.
Patrick left his career on Wall Street and applied his analytical knowledge, interest in technology, and lifelong love of food to the task of developing a space specifically for that purpose. The result was iwaspoisoned.com, where fellow sufferers of food poisoning could report their experiences.
STATUS & MILESTONES
Iwaspoisoned.com continues to serve consumers with early outbreak detection alerts, and we detected the Norovirus Outbreak in Virginia’s Chipotle store earlier in July 2017
We are serving more and more consumers and the key statistics for 2017 are presented below:
▪ Over 17,000 reports in 2017 (as of September 30th, 2017)
▪ Over 60,000 page views per month.
▪ We have public health subscribers in 45 states in the USA.
▪ Over 18000 consumers subscribed to free “Alerts for your City” service.
▪ Extending our service internationally we have Public Health Departments from Singapore, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany (5 countries) subscribed to our Alerts service.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT IWASPOISONED.COM
* Food Safety News: Customers who ate at the Chipotle Mexican Grill location in Sterling, VA, have been posting reports of foodborne illnesses along with receipts from the restaurant and documents from their doctors on the website iwaspoisoned.com.
* Bloomberg: The outbreak first came to light after Chipotle closed a location in Sterling, Virginia, on Monday, citing a “small number” of illnesses. But the tally has climbed higher. Patrick Quade, who runs the website Iwaspoisoned.com, said that 137 people have reported getting sick after visiting that Chipotle.
* Mashable : “ IWasPoisoned.com does something even better than that: it allows people the unique pleasure of identifying restaurants where they believe they've been food poisoned, then telling the explosive diarrhea stories we've been taught are too "shameful" for the general public.
We all blow chunks every now and again. It's time we stopped hiding”
* NRN : Iwaspoisoned.com seeks to provide data to consumers, and restaurants, and prevent outbreaks
* The Florida Department of Health, Food, and Waterborne Disease Program: “Partnering with iwaspoisoned.com was a logical choice.”
* Scientific community: “Iwaspoisoned.com provides a unique service that has already proven useful in detecting common source outbreaks. Its use continues to grow as more food safety professionals learn about its potential.” Lee-Ann Jaykus, Ph.D. Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences North Carolina State University (NCSU) & Benjamin Chapman Ph.D. Associate Professor, Food Safety Specialist (NCSU)
Iwaspoisoned.com is the #1 online repository for reported food poisoning incidents. For more information on iwaspoisoned.com or to talk with founder Patrick Quade, please contact email@example.com
Recent Interesting Reports
February 8, 2021 5:00 PM
“Company name: Shenandoah Growers, Inc
Brand name: Simple Truth, That’s Tasty, Shenandoah Growers
Product recalled: Basil
Reason of the recall: Potential Cyclospora contamination
FDA Recall date: February 08, 2021
Recall details: Shenandoah Growers, Inc (Harrisonburg, VA) out of an abundance of... caution, has issued a limited, voluntary recall of approximately 3240 units of branded fresh cut, packaged organic basil clamshells packed at its Indianapolis, Indiana location due to a possible health risk from Cyclospora.
Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal infection caused by the Cyclospora parasite. A person may become infected after ingesting contaminated food or water. Common symptoms include severe abdominal pain, watery diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, body aches and fatigue. The infection is treated with antibiotics and most people respond quickly to treatment.
Only the following specific lot codes are affected: PV40515 1034 | PV40515 3034 | PV40515 4034 | PV40515 3035. The affected product has a country of origin of Colombia and was harvested entirely from Puerto Vallarta Herbs SAS (Farm) and imported by Vallarta Organics LLC dba Organic Destiny (Importer). Affected lot codes shipped:
- Shenandoah Growers by That’s Tasty. (0.75 oz). Lot Code: PV40515 1034. UPC: 7-68573-00101-4. Pack Date: 2/3/2021. Location: Indianapolis Fruit
- Shenandoah Growers by That’s Tasty. (2.0 oz). Lot Code: PV40515 1034. UPC: 7-68573-02143-2. Pack Date: 2/3/2021. Location: Indianapolis Fruit
- Shenandoah Growers by That’s Tasty. (4.0 oz). Lot Code: PV40515 1034. UPC: 7-68573-00141-0. Pack Date: 2/3/2021. Location: Indianapolis Fruit
- That’s Tasty (Pasta Blend). (0.5 oz). Lot Code: PV40515 3034. UPC: 7-68573-52008-9. Pack Date: 2/3/2021. Location: Vine Line Produce
- That’s Tasty. (0.5 oz). Lot Code: PV40515 3034. UPC: 7-68573-50502-4. Pack Date: 2/3/2021. Location: Vine Line Produce
- Shenandoah Growers by That’s Tasty. (4 oz). Lot Code: PV40515 3034. UPC: N/A. Pack Date: 2/3/2021. Location: Vine Line Produce Bulk
- Shenandoah Growers by That’s Tasty. (1 lb.). Lot Code: PV40515 3034. UPC: N/A. Pack Date: 2/3/2021. Location: Vine Line Produce Bulk
- Simple Truth. (3.0 oz). Lot Code: PV40515 4034. UPC: 0-11110-00876-3. Pack Date: 2/3/2021. Location: Kroger
That’s Tasty. (0.25 oz). Lot Code: PV40515 1034. UPC: 7-68573-02515-7. Pack Date: 2/3/2021. Location: J&J Distributing
- Shenandoah Growers by That’s Tasty. (0.75 oz). Lot Code: PV40515 1034. UPC: 7-68573-00101-4. Pack Date: 2/3/2021. Location: J&J Distributing
- That’s Tasty. (3.0 oz). Lot Code: PV40515 3035. UPC: 7-68573-53001-9. Pack Date: 2/4/2021. Location: Schnucks
Recalled products were distributed to select retail stores between 2/3/2021 to 2/4/2021 in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
This recall notification is being issued due to a single instance in which a sample of bulk product was pulled at the port of entry in Miami and tested by the FDA as part of routine surveillance and indicated the potential presence of Cyclospora.
Affected Shenandoah Growers customers have been notified of the recall and instructed to immediately remove and discard recalled products from all store shelves, distribution and other inventories to ensure they are no longer available for sale or consumption.
The Shenandoah Growers recall includes only those clamshells of certified organic basil clearly marked with the affected lot codes listed above. The lot code can be found printed on each clamshell.
No other Shenandoah Growers products are subject to recall, and the company has no knowledge of any illness reported or related to this product to date.
Consumers who may have a recalled basil product should discard it immediately and not eat it. Consumers with questions, or to obtain refunds, may contact the Shenandoah Growers Consumer Response Center at 844-896-6939 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm EST.
Check the full recall details on fda.gov
Source: FDA ”
March 1, 2021 10:54 PM
“Today, Me and my family postmated it. I ate a burrito bowl with egg whites from here I ate the bowl and immediately my stomach hurt after and the next day(03/01/21) my liver and stomach was hurting and i woke up nauseous and later i ended up having diarrhea. I believe it was most likely from the ham... and also my mother had the ham and she said it tasted spoiled and she also was feeling nauseous and had stomach pains. So 2 people. ”
February 10, 2021 11:45 PM
“Last night around 9:45pm I ate a Large Double Big Mac meal with extra sauce and 2 Hash Browns, a few hours later i was Vomiting and had Severe Diarrhea, then this morning i had Diarrhea again but this time I also had rectal bleeding too that has been happening since about 2am.
I went to the hospita... l because there were no available doctor appointments at my regular GP. The hospital took blood tests and a liver function test which all came back good and healthy and they told me the cause was Food Poisoning. ”
February 16, 2021 11:20 AM
“Schneider's pepperettes hot pepperoni I was up a few times in the night having to go to the toilet starting with nausea. I was the only one who got sick. ”
February 16, 2021 5:02 AM
“Avacados bought there Avacados were overripe nearly black in color mushy dark green on flesh and under flesh near seed brown skin was just rinsed off and skin was peeled by hand with knife and skin was scraped with teeth for flesh consumption without being rised 1 person the person described is worr... ied about illness experiencing symptoms maybe transferred bacteria from skin to flesh bought from person
Week ago ”
February 4, 2021 5:55 AM
“The CFIA announced the recall of Panache Sweet Onion Poppy Seed Dressing by Sobeys Inc. because of spoilage.
CFIA advises consumers not to eat the recalled products and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Check to see if you have the recalled product in your home.
- Pana... che Sweet Onion Poppy Seed Dressing (350 ml). UPC: 6 23682 1222 9. Code(s) on Product: Best Before 2021 OC 16
- Panache Sweet Onion Poppy Seed Dressing (350 ml). UPC: 6 23682 1222 9. Code(s) on Product: Best Before 2021 OC 30
Check the full recall details on the CFIA website inspection.gc.ca ”
February 15, 2021 4:51 PM
“Me and family are throwing up and getting sick because of the food. Iam sitting in the bathroom for ”
February 15, 2021 11:35 AM
“I drank Ragu juice 100% green juice. I got severe hives on my face and body. I have missed approximately 4 days of work and I won’t be paid for them regardless of my doctor’s letter. My face is burning and itchy at the same time. It is the worst experience ever. ”
March 3, 2021 7:00 PM
“Company name: Wilton Brands
Brand name: Wilton, Tasty by Wilton, and Holiday Home
Product recalled: Sprinkle Products
Reason of the recall: May Contain Undeclared Milk
FDA Recall date: March 03, 2021
Recall details: Wilton Brands of Naperville, Illinois announced today a voluntary national reca... ll of all lots of six sprinkles products and one kit containing affected sprinkles, because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious allergic reaction if they consume these products. A full list of recalled products with photos and SKUs, which were distributed nationally through retail stores, mail, order, and direct delivery, is as follows:
- Wilton/Tasty. Tasty Coffee Shop Cookie Kit. Item # 1900-0-0054
- Holiday Home. Holiday Home Assorted Treat Toppings. Item # 710-0-0207
- Wilton. Valentine Chip Crunch Sprinkles. Item # 710-4277
- Wilton. Rainbow Chip Crunch Sprinkles. Item #710-5364
- Wilton. Holiday Mix Sprinkles. Item # 710-7649
- Wilton. Rainbow Chip Crunch Sprinkles. Item # 710-9704
- Wilton. Assorted Treat Toppings Sprinkles. Item # 710-9722
This recall is being initiated because of one reported allergic reaction to date associated with one of the recalled products. Wilton is recalling all affected products with a similar formulation. The health and safety of our consumers is our primary concern and we are acting with the highest degree of caution and urgency to address this issue. Wilton has ceased production and distribution of the affected products.
Consumers who have purchased these products should immediately dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
These products will be removed from shelves at several retailers and distributors nationwide. A full list of retailers that have carried this product can be found at the link below.
For questions about the voluntary recall, please call our Consumer Care Hotline at 1-800-794-5866, Mondays thru Thursdays, 8 am to 4:30 pm CT, and Fridays, 8 am to 1 pm CT, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Wilton Brands LLC is the parent company of Wilton Industries Inc.
Check the full recall details on fda.gov
Source: FDA ”
February 23, 2021 4:39 PM
“Their burger I ordered a single animal style and a Dr Pepper along with 3 other meals at around 6:00pm. Around 10:30pm that night I started vomiting and diarrhea. The other 3 started having symptoms around 12:30-1:00am on 2/22