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Food Poisoning

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.

If you believe you or someone you know became ill from eating a certain food, contact your local health department.

If you are severely ill, see a doctor immediately. Food poisoning can be especially dangerous for infants, pregnant people, older adults, and people who are immunocompromised.

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.




Additional resources

Questions about Food Poisoning? Contact us!
Phone: 608-267-9003 | Fax: 608-261-4976

Wisconsin Local Health DepartmentsRegional officesTribal agencies

Last revised October 6, 2023