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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

After you consume a contaminated food or drink -- especially if it is a chemical contaminant -- you may show symptoms of poisoning immediately. With some biological contaminants, it may take hours or days before you develop symptoms of food poisoning. If you believe you are suffering from a foodborne illness, please report it to

Common signs of food poisoning

Common signs of food poisoning are nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea. However, symptoms may differ among the different types of foodborne diseases. Symptoms can sometimes be severe and some foodborne illnesses can even be life-threatening. Anyone can get a foodborne illness, but people in these categories are more at risk of the severe or long-term impacts:

  • Pregnant women
  • Young children
  • Older adults
  • People with immune systems weakened from medical conditions, such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or from receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Many people with food poisoning get better without medical treatment, but people with severe symptoms should see their doctor.

Complications From Food Poisoning

Many cases of food poisoning result in a mild illness that lasts a few hours or several days. However some people need to be hospitalized and/or have illnesses that result in long-term health problems (insert: or even death. Infections transmitted by food can result in chronic arthritis, brain and nerve damage, and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which causes kidney failure.

When to See a Doctor for Severe Food Poisoning

If you experience symptoms of food poisoning, such as diarrhea or vomiting, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, according to the CDC. See your doctor or healthcare provider if you have symptoms that are severe, including:

  • High fever (temperature over 101.5°F)
  • Blood in stools
  • Frequent vomiting that prevents keeping liquids down
  • Signs of dehydration, including a marked decrease in urination, a very dry mouth and throat, or feeling dizzy when standing up.
  • Diarrhea that lasts more than 3 days


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Recalled Food

If you have food poisoning and want to check recently recalled foods, please visit these pages:

Recalls by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Recalls by the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Current Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreaks

Here is a list of current multistate foodborne illness outbreaks.

When two or more people get the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink, the event is called a foodborne or food poisoning outbreak. Reporting illnesses to your local health department helps them identify potential outbreaks of foodborne disease. Public health officials investigate outbreaks to control them, so more people do not get sick in the outbreak, and to learn how to prevent similar outbreaks from happening in the future.

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“Used to be finger licking good, NOW it’s more ‘2 fingers to customers’ with raw chicken, shirt served in pieces bought, after 30+ minutes wait, PLUS over 1 month wait for promise to contact & nothing received !”
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Subway, Medan Kampung Relau 1, Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea
“I had roasted chicken salad, ordered from foodpanda delivery service. About 20 minutes after eating, I had a massive headache and fever which lasted through the night. The next day, I had diarrhea. Had to go to the toilet more than 30 times a day. Nothing but watery stool. This... See More
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Arby's, West Craig Road, North Las Vegas, NV, USA

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Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Ordered a beef gyro and it looked really sloppy but I had already paid for it. After eating it I felt weird but not terrible. It was the last thing I ate around 6:30 pm. By the time I got home at 9 pm I felt uncomfortable and laid down.... See More
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“Still shocked that can serve a part raw burger and not even have the decency to reply after a call and an email over a week ago with a goodwill gesture! were not much help either after delivering this to me couldn't offer any compensation!!”
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KFC Clarkson, Ocean Keys Boulevard, Clarkson WA, Australia

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Fever Nausea Vomiting
“We 2 of us ate a large popcorn chicken.
Within 2- 3 hours we both started feeling nauseous, i ran to the toilet. We were out so we rushed home asap because my partner took a turn for the worst. I felt the nausea and a splitting headache. Body aches... See More
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Whataburger, 13201 Ranch Road 620 North, Austin, TX, USA

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Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea
“The night of 8/25/2019 I placed an order on the app. When I went in to pick up the order, it was not complete. The manager was called and he claimed that I didn’t have enough money in my bank account. I was insulted and went through the drive through... See More
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Domino's Pizza, Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Fever Nausea Vomiting
“September 16 2019 for dinner I ordered One small pepperoni and bacon, one large with sausage and mushrooms and a stuff cheesy bread with bacon and jalapeno. I ate a slice of each. At 2am I woke up freezing because I had a fever. I started to feel nauseous and... See More
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Domino's Wanaka 34 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Nausea Vomiting
“Second time I got pizzas from this shop and second time I got food poisoning - but this time it’s bad, really really bad with fever chills vomiting and diarrhoea. Plus missed work due to poor health and will have to spend money with doctor.
They are hurting people and... See More
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Dunkin', Passaic Avenue, Kearny, NJ, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Vomiting Nausea Diarrhea
“After drinking a small hot coffee with Splenda and cream and eating a Multigrain Bagel Thin with ham egg and cheese., I always have breakfast at this location.  Never had any food/ drink problem.  But, today was different.”
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Chick-fil-A, Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Nausea Vomiting
“Three of us ate on 8/24/19 vis the drive thru, (two had nuggets and one had the Spicy Chicken Sandwich. All were sick within 3-5 hours of consuming said products and symptoms are fever, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.”
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