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Are You a Victim of Food Poisoning?

If you think you are the victim of foodborne illness, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that you take the following steps:

Preserve the evidence. If a portion of the suspect food is available, wrap it securely, mark “DANGER” and freeze it. Save all of the package materials such as cans or cartons. Write down food type, date and other identifying marks on the package, the time consumed, and when the onset of symptoms occurred. Save any identical unopened products.

Seek treatment as necessary. If the victim is in an “at risk” group, such as someone with a deficient immune system, seek medical care immediately. If symptoms persist or are severe, such as bloody diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, high temperature, call your doctor.

Call the local health department if the suspect food was served a large gathering, or from a restaurant or from other food serving facility, or if it is a commercial product.

Call the USDA Meat and Poultry hotline (888-674-6854) if the food is a USDA meat inspected product and you have all of the packaging.
United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Service.

According to the National Institute for Health, the following is a listing of common sources of food borne illnesses:

While there are more than 250 food borne diseases, there are several that are the most prevalent:



E. coli

Hepatitis A

Listeria Monocytogenes