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Food poisoning - foodborne illnesses

Foodborne illness, often called food poisoning or foodborne disease, is any illness that results from eating contaminated food. It is a common cause of diarrheal illness in Wisconsin.

General Information

Harmful bacteria and viruses most frequently associated with food poisoning cases in Wisconsin:

Food Handling and Housekeeping   
Food   Food Safety CDC   Healthy pets - Healthy people CDC   

If you suspect that you have food poisoning (or an allergic reaction to food) call your doctor. 

If it is an emergency, call 911

If you believe you or someone you know became ill from eating a certain food, contact your local health department. Reporting illnesses to your local health department helps them identify potential foodborne disease outbreaks. By investigating foodborne disease outbreaks, public health officials learn about possible problems in food production, distribution, and preparation that may cause illness.


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Last Revised: October 09, 2014