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Foodborne Illness Reporting
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There are hundreds of microorganisms and numerous chemicals that can cause illness through food or water. Any illness that is caused by eating contaminated food or water is considered a foodborne illness.
Columbus Public Health investigates cases of foodborne illness by collecting and evaluating food histories from people, collecting samples for testing, and conducting inspections of licensed food facilities. Investigations help us discover and correct problems in the food production and distribution system and prevent future illness. Consumers can help by reporting illnesses they suspect might be foodborne.
The onset of illness can be almost immediate or up to 70 days, depending on the cause. Some common symptoms are diarrhea, fever, vomiting, jaundice (yellow skin color) and sore throat with fever.
Reporting Illnesses for ConsumersColumbus Public Health takes all citizen complaints regarding food borne illness and food safety seriously. If you believe that you have become ill from something you ate we would like to know. Please call 614-645-1791 and report it to Columbus Public Health. You may also e-mail Columbus Public Health at firstname.lastname@example.org with foodborne illness complaints. For other food safety topics, go to the Food Protection Program page.
Reporting Illnesses for Food Business OwnersFood service workers, managers and owners should consider all reports of possible foodborne illness legitimate and notify Columbus Public Health immediately. Use these Foodborne Illness Reporting Guidelines for Restaurants as a reference when gathering information related to a possible foodborne illness. For other food safety topics for a licensed business owner, go to the Food Protection for Licensed Businesses page.
Foodborne Illness Reporting for Restaurants
U.S. Food & Drug Administration "Bad Bug Book"
Gateway to Government Food Safety
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Food Safety
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Reports
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Emerging Infectious Disease Journal