Although most people recover from food-borne illness within a short period of time, some can develop chronic, severe, or even life-threatening health problems. In addition, some people are at a higher risk for developing food-borne illness, including pregnant women, young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. To keep your family safe from food poisoning, follow the Four Steps to Food Safety. Visit Foodsafety.gov for additional information.
When certain disease-causing bacteria or pathogens contaminate food, they can cause food-borne illness, often referred to as "food poisoning." Consuming food-borne bacteria can cause illness within 1 to 3 days of consumption. However, sickness can also occur within 20 minutes or up to 6 weeks later.
Symptoms of food-borne illness can include:
flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, and body ache
If you think you have food poisoning or an allergic reaction to food, contact your doctor. If it's an emergency, call 911. If you believe you or someone you know has become ill from eating a certain food, contact us.
Where to Report a Problem with Food
Meat, Poultry, or Processed Egg Products
Call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or report a claim online here.
Food (Except Meat, Poultry, or Processed Egg Products)
Call the FDA Main Emergency Number at 866-300-4374
You can report complaints about a pet food electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or contacting NJ's FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator at 973-331-4998