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

4. We moderate to eliminate inauthentic or malicious reporting.


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.



In late July, 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" 

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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


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In late December 2016, 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 Through'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 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, 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. was the first port of call for the majority of unwell customers. CBS News ran a story on the outbreak, citing

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 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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"… 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, 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

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.



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

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Dec 13 3:20pm

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Report Type: Food Safety


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Dec 13 1:31pm

McDonald's, Lakewood Boulevard, Downey, CA, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Nausea Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning


This McDonalds is usually fine for my family and me since we always go to it. After school around 3, we decided to get McDonald's and my mom, sister and I all had Fries and my brother just had a Chicken sandwich. I had thought that I ate too fast because my stomach was hurting and I usually take naps around 4 so I did thinking nothing of the pain. At around 7 I had woken up to nausea and I went to the bathroom to use the toilet and I had diarrhea. I felt a strong need to throw up and I couldn't so I forced myself and I threw up way more than I thought I would. I went to sleep at around 10 thinking I should just sleep it off. I hear my sister start to throw up and that's when I was thinking about what we ate. She and I were throwing up all night long and we would switch from feeling cold to feeling hot at times with aching bones. We were going to go to school still feeling nauseous the next morning until my mom started to throw up and complained about feeling cold and having diarrhea. We had all eaten the same Fries and my brother just had a Chicken Sandwich and feels fine. We all still have diarrhea, bone aches, and are nauseous still. Read More

Dec 13 12:50pm

O'Charley’s Restaurant & Bar, East Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, NC, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Nausea Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning


Steak and Chicken tenders and a blue Cheese wedge salad. Are around 630 pm and from about midnight until 2am I was on the bathroom floor vomiting it was the worse experience of my life. Read More

Dec 13 12:20pm

Taco Bell, Cecil Ave, Delano, California 93215, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning


Ate 3 rolled Chicken tacos with spicy ranch and Guacamole dipping sauces. Ate them around 345pm...shortly after that diarrhea started. After the 1st episode of that I began vomiting. The sickness lasted over 4 hours w/ constant vomiting and diarrhea the whole time....still feeling queasy day following sickness. Read More

Dec 13 10:43am

Burger King, 2200 West Sample Road, Pompano Beach, FL, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Nausea

Report Type: Food Poisoning


My Aunt bought 2 orders of Whopper Jr., Onion rings, Cinnamon rolls and drinks while we visited my brother in the hospital for his liver cirrhosis. My brother with Cirrhosis of the liver got sick, his son and myself, all had chills, diarrhea, stomach pain, violent gas and headaches. Read More

Dec 13 7:34am

McDonald's, Team Valley Retail World, Newcastle upon Tyne NE11 0BD, UK

Symptoms: Fever Nausea Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning


I bought a double Cheese burger, large fries, mini Cheese bites, two apple pies and a Mocha frappe on the 11/12/18 @ 22:23. I ate the burger, Cheese bites and Fries and drank two thirds of the frappe. 2.5 - 3.0 hours later I woke up and started to violently throw up for the next proceeding 14 hours. Once the vomiting had disappated I was still left with stomach ache and the feeling of neusia. Read More

Dec 13 6:46am

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Buttermilk Road, Cottondale, AL, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning


I don’t know what was wrong but me and my daughter got sick as dogs after eating at this Popeyes , never again! Read More

Dec 13 6:30am

Olympia, Ludwig-Hartmann-Straße, Dresden, Germany

Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning


Olympia Greek All you can eat buffet. Their food was not all hot thst should have been hot. 12 hours later i got super sick. Vomiting and nausea that lasted 2 days. Now after 2 days my husband is also sick with the nausia, vomiting and diarrhea. Read More

Dec 13 4:46am

Walmart Supercenter, East Hampden Avenue, Denver, CO, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Nausea

Report Type: Food Poisoning


I bought a 12 pack of El Monterey Steak and Cheese burritos and have been getting extremely bad Cramps and diahrea for last 4 days. Read More