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Why Report Food Poisoning?

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3. We detect outbreaks, helping protect friends & family.

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YOUR REPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Millions of people get food poisoning every year, and thousands die. The annual economic cost is in the billions. The majority of cases are unreported due to mild illness, limited public knowledge of reporting procedures, or the absence of laboratory confirmation of disease. Reporting helps improve foodborne disease burden estimation, timely outbreak detection, and evaluation of policies.

SUCCESS STORIES


chipotle

In late July, Iwaspoisoned.com detected an issue at a Chipotle in Sterling Virginia. We were the first to detect this outbreak, and in total we received reports citing over 150 sickened. The county eventually went on to formally identify an outbreak with over 130 sick, and indicated a possible norovirus link. Chipotle announced later that they believed that the incident related to a sick worker. Business Insider reported "Customers reported symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, severe stomach pain, dehydration, and nausea to the website iwaspoisoned.com..." 

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The reports — which were collected on the crowdsourced early-warning site “I Was Poisoned” — describe severe vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains Link

 


Tac mp

In late December 2016, Iwaspoisoned.com noticed a likely issue from a Tacoma Melting Pot following a number of reports related to the same store. Over the course of several days, nearly a dozen ill customers reported their symptoms on IWasPoisoned.com. Through Iwaspoisoned.com's alerts process, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department was notified, and following their investigation ordered a temporary closure of the restaurant.

The restaurant cooperated with the health department mandate and closed down, reopening 24 hours later.

The Tacoma News-Tribune interviewed IWasPoisoned.com founder Patrick Quade for an article about the temporary closure.

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The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department took action after reports started showing up on a website dedicated to crowdsourcing food poisoning complaints… Eventually, 15 Melting Pot diners posted on IWasPoisoned.com, and many called the health department.Link

 


success stories - chipotle

Chipotle Mexican Grill hit the news in August 2015 in what was eventually a confirmed Norovirus outbreak. Iwasposioned.com was the first port of call for the majority of unwell customers. CBS News ran a story on the outbreak, citing Iwaspoisoned.com.

On August 21, 2015 Iwasposioned detected a potential problem at Chipotle Simi Valley, California, hours before the restaurant or health authorities were on the case.

Initial reports included all the classic symptoms of food poisoning – diarrhea, nausea, vomiting.

What made this different were the number of reports being posted. In the following days Iwaspoisoned.com received more than 70 reports from unwell customers, helping pinpoint a serious outbreak rather than an isolated event.

Realizing it had a health crisis on its hands, Chipotle shut down its Simi Valley store on August 21, to clean and restock food. It reopened 24 hours later.

Two weeks later the Ventura County health department confirmed the cause of the outbreak was Norovirus, a highly contagious viral infection, and a leading cause of gastroenteritis around the world.

The Ventura County health department eventually reported 98 customers and 17 employees were victims of the Chipotle, Simi Valley outbreak.

Iwasposioned was central to the story, allowing people to log their symptoms immediately and alert health authorities and the restaurant that something was terribly wrong.

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"Iwaspoisoned.com… had detected a potential problem in Chipotle's Sim Valley, Calif., store long before news of the Norovirus issue was reported.” Link


success stories - applebees

On March 13th 2016, Iwaspoisoned.com received four reports citing twenty people becoming sick after eating at an Applebee’s in Corunna, Michigan and alerted the Shiawassee County Health Department. More reports continued on Iwaspoisoned.com

The County Health Department opened an investigation and the restaurant cooperated, fully sanitizing the kitchen, bathroom and customer dining areas.

On March 22nd, approximately a week after the initial report, the health department confirmed a Norovirus outbreak linked to Applebee’s.

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“A new website (iwaspoisoned.com) …. is collecting complaints, and we are seeing area county health departments confirming them.” Link


Recent Interesting Reports

Nov 17 11:27am

Publix Super Market at Shoppes of Palm Bay, Malabar Road Southeast, Palm Bay, FL, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea

Report Type: Food Poisoning

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We ate lemon Pepper rotisserie Chicken at 1pm and, again in the evening. time stamp on Chicken was 2:xx pm, on Friday, November 16, 2018. It was refrigerated at 12:30pm same day. I got diarrhea around 10pm on the 16th. Friend ate less and had it same night. That was only thing we ate in common. No other symptoms. Read More

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I ordered special Chicken biriyani from hyderabad chefs. Few of the pieces have a very stale smell and taste. As not all the pieces were spoilt, it was difficult to spot it , but after coming across 2 such pieces it was evident that few pieces were spoilt. Read More

Nov 17 5:15am

Domino's Pizza, Main Street, Haverhill, MA, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea

Report Type: Food Poisoning

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Last night we got Pizza from Dominos Hawaiian my daughter and I both got diarrhea at 3:am we got the Pizza at 7:30 pm. Read More

Nov 16 11:44pm

Akira Ramen & Izakaya, Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea

Report Type: Food Poisoning

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They used cans of Butane with a torch attachment to cook the meat - ir may I say chard the outside of the pork leaving it raw - in order to speed up how they expedited the high volume of orders. The food was full of chemicals My partner and I got sick right away. Now the second day and it was awful. Read More

Nov 16 9:23pm

Taco Bell, Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Nausea Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning

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Both my husband and I ate regular bean burritos and some fried, small,round Cinnamon fritters with Cream filling. We both experienced nausea, vomiting sensation, diarrhea and general feeling of food poisoning symptoms . My symptoms got better towards the end of the day, my husband still very sick and also have a fever. That was my first meal of the day, so no other foods were consumed before that. Read More

Nov 16 8:15pm

Sibling Soul Food, South Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning

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Country fried chicken. Vomiting, diarrhea Read More

Nov 16 7:51pm

KFC, Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning

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4 Piece Chicken Flavor Meal, Buttery Spread, Honey Sauce, Finger Lickin' Good™ Sauce, Honey BBQ Sauce, 3 Piece White Meal. i just ordered today from the kfc at Frankford Ave it took 1.5 hours for it to get to me and I started getting stomach aches after eating the food and now it is two hours later I threw up 3 times and already went diarrhea. Still sitting on the toilet as we speak. I reported it to the food poisoning line and the department of health 4 Piece Chicken Flavor Meal, Buttery Spread, Honey Sauce, Finger Lickin' Good™ Sauce, Honey BBQ Sauce, 3 Piece White Meal Read More

Nov 16 7:10pm

Burger King, South San Jacinto Avenue, San Jacinto, CA, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning

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my grand daughter and I ate pancakes and Sausage there and was the only thing we ate all day and now we are both sick with grand daughter at hospital. Read More

Nov 16 3:38pm

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Hill Road North, Pickerington, OH, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning

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We ordered burritos around 1PM. I woke up at 2 AM vomiting and diarrhea. It has been off and on now for 7 hours. No fever. 3 other friends who went are all experiencing similar symptoms. Read More

Nov 16 2:01pm

Frankie & Benny's

Report Type: Food Safety

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frankie n bennys cc Bird Box - undercooked, overpriced, wrong meal, missed items, cold and a rude dismissive delivery driver. Not impressed - worst delivery experience. How can you guys get it so wrong? Read More