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Physical Contamination in Food

Physical contamination in food can be a real threat to eaters. Recalls for foreign contaminate can happen for everything from ground beef to cookie dough mix. Contamination can accidentally enter the food supply during manufacturing or when it is being prepared at restaurants and at home.

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About Listeria: Symptoms & Signs


Here are some basic facts about this disease.

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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 CDC provides the following table of some of the possible contaminants, when you might start to feel symptoms and common ways the organism is spread.

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How to report food poisoning and what to do if you have food poisoning

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If you have food poisoning please report it to The vast majority of public health agencies in the United States subscribe, as do health officials in many other countries. Our site is trusted by tens of thousands of people each year who have food poisoning and we have caught many outbreaks as a result.

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What are food poisoning symptoms?

Food poisoning symptoms can depend on a lot of factors

Food poisoning symptoms may range from mild to severe and can differ significantly depending of the contaminant, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The most common symptoms of food poisoning are:

  • Upset stomach
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever

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What Is Food Poisoning?

What is food poisoning...

It is illness caused by contaminated food or water. It is very common, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are 48 million cases every year in the US. It can be spread through contaminated food or water. It can often resolve within days. Infectious organisms or their toxins are common causes of food poisoning. Food poisoning symptoms may include cramping, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Food poisoning often resolves without treatment. Adequate hydration is an important part of treatment.

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Why should I report food poisoning?

Help prevent further incidents of food poisoning.  

Each year, millions of people get food poisoning and thousands die

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How do I stop throwing up from food poisoning?



To control nausea and vomiting be sure to avoid solid foods until the vomiting ends.  

Taking slow, small sips of liquids can help avoid vomiting and dehydration.

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I ate with others, why don’t we all have the same symptoms?



How, when, and if you become ill after eating contaminated food will depend on the ‘bug’, but also the amount of exposure, your age, and your health. Food poisoning can be especially dangerous, and even life-threatening, for people with weakened immune systems.

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How long does food poisoning last?



Often lasting several days, the length of food poisoning will depend on several factors like the kind of bacteria or virus you contracted, and the state of your immune system.

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What are the most common food poisoning ‘bugs’?



Infectious organisms like bacteria, viruses and parasites are the most common causes of food poisoning.

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How does food poisoning happen?


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


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What helps food poisoning?



Stay hydrated and replenish the fluids your body is losing to diarrhea or vomiting.

Properly restore electrolytes by drinking beverages like Pedialyte, Ceralyte, or Oralyte to prevent dehydration. Sports drinks like Gatorade should not be used because they do not restore the necessary balance.

If you're able to keep down fluids do, slowly introduce foods that are easy to digest like bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast; commonly referred to as the ‘BRAT’ diet.

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What should I do if I have food poisoning, should I see a doctor?

If you experience symptoms of food poisoning, such as diarrhea or vomiting, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

You should seek medical attention from your doctor or healthcare provider if you have symptoms including any of the following:

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Do I have food poisoning?

The most common symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, upset stomach, stomach cramps or abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.


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Food Preparation Safety for Vegetable Dishes

Incorporating vegetables into your diet provides health benefits, especially when you select and prepare them in a safe manner. It is extremely important to add vegetables in your diet because it provides you with nutrients that help you avoid heart disease, stroke, and cancer. To some, eating vegetables help them lose weight.

However, some raw vegetables may have dangerous microorganisms. If food safety procedures are not followed, it can cause food poisoning or worse, viral infections -

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1.  What inspired you to get into your profession?

When I was in college, during breaks I was performing asbestos abatement for a private company. I got paid a lot of money however it was grueling work. We would be toiling in our PPE  sweating in 100+heat, in tight and dark spaces, using jackhammers, etc. Once in a while a guy would show up, spend maybe 5 minutes in the danger


zone, collect some samples and get back out. I noticed he wore a suit and drove a new BMW. I asked him what he did and he replied he was... 

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Why Report Food Poisoning?

Millions of people get food poisoning every year, and thousands die. The annual economic cost is in the billions.

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Got food poisoning, what do I do ?

Food poisoning often improves without treatment in a few days. During that time you should drink fluids to prevent dehydration. Read more

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Report Type: Food Safety
“purchased this sorry looking ‘bacon roll’ . Freezing cold undercooked bacon and to top it off charge 29p extra for the ketchup . It could be the saddest looking roll I’ve ever seen . And at £3.40 it should be better .”
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Del Taco, 12490 Old Virginia Rd, Reno, NV 89521, United States

Report Type: Food Poisoning
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“Ate tacos. Just I got sick. About 4 1/2 5 hours. I ate around 11 pm after picking my girlfriend up from the airport. Went home went to sleep. Woke up violently puking at 4:00/4:30 am that continued til 6 then started the back end. Literally peeing out my butt... See More
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Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, Capital Boulevard, Wake Forest, NC, USA

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“myself and my two kids had impossible burgers. All three of us are sick. Ate there last night, Sunday, November 10, 2019. Impossible burgers. We all had different condiments. One had cheese. Definitely the burgers
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Nick & George's Restaurant, Hohman Avenue, Hammond, IN, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Stomach Pain
“I ordered 4 cheese burgers at 5pm by 10 pm I was hurting my wife ate half of a burger and she experienced similar pains in her stomach. I went to the hospital at 4am and went through it for 36 hours. My wife went through it for 2 days... See More
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Bukit Batok Central Link, Cold Storage West Mall, West Mall, Singapore

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Vomiting
“Both my daughter and myself developed diarrhoea and vomiting since last night. The common food we have is the Farm fresh yogurt drink, bought a few days back, stored in refrigerator, only open last evening, one cup we shared. I had most of it so I had gone to the... See More
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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, East Lake Mead Boulevard, North Las Vegas, NV, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Other
“I purchased a chicken sandwich. I kept the reser because i want the 2peice special. Right after i ate the sandwich i felt small amount of nausea. I drink water & it stop didn't think anything of it. Before i ended my night after work i drove to a different... See More
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Spicy Thai Restaurant, 208 Church St, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3E9, Canada

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Ordered from spicy Thai.  Either pad Thai. Or spicy fried rice , Ate it at 6:20 ish.  Went to bed around 11:20.  Ran to the bathroom around 12. Puked uncontrollably for a while.  Flushed toilet. Felt weird, sat on toilet.  Had pure diarrhea.  Walked to the couch and felt nauseous.... See More
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Whole Foods Market, Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Got in 15 mins before they closed and the hot food case was pretty bare. Don’t usually eat sausage but it was that or pork. I tried a small piece and it tasted good but it was only warm not hot and that should have been enough to warn me... See More
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