Food Safety at Home

Foodborne illness (food poisoning) happens when someone eats or drinks food that is contaminated with harmful germs, like bacteria, parasites, or viruses, or chemicals.

Common signs and symptoms of foodborne illness include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach cramps or pain
  • dehydration
  • fever

You can start feeling sick in just a few hours or over a week after eating or drinking contaminated food. You can be sick for hours or days. If your symptoms are severe, seek medical attention by calling your healthcare provider or going to a walk-in clinic or emergency department.

Keep yourself and your family safe by reading and following the tips in our links and resources below.

For information on how we work to keep the community safe and healthy when eating out at restaurants, visit our Food Safety page.

If you think you became ill after eating out at a local business or have food safety concerns:

Please provide:

  • Where you ate
  • Date and time
  • What you ate
  • Your symptoms and when they started or your food safety concerns

A Public Health Inspector will follow up with you and may ask you to submit a stool sample to help in their investigation. If you have leftover food, the Public Health Inspector may want to collect it and send it away for testing, so keep it cold in the refrigerator.

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