UPDATE: How to report suspected foodborne illnesses to authorities

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Author: Teresa Murray

Consumer Watchdog

 

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Kent State University

Teresa directs the Consumer Watchdog office, which looks out for consumers' health, safety and financial security. Previously, she worked as a journalist and columnist covering consumer issues and personal finance for two decades for Ohio's largest daily newspaper. She's earned dozens of state and national journalism awards, including Best Columnist in Ohio, Best Business Writer in Ohio, and National Headliner Award for coverage of the 2008-09 financial crisis. Among the accomplishments she’s most proud of: A journalism public service award for exposing improper billing practices by Verizon that affected at least 15 million customers nationwide. Her work caused Verizon to reach an $80 million settlement with the FCC, the largest ever imposed at that time. Teresa and her husband live in Greater Cleveland and have two sons. She enjoys biking, house projects and music, and serves on her church missions team and stewardship board.

Regulators say that if you believe you could have food poisoning or are having an allergic reaction to any food, you should call your doctor, seek immediate medical care or call 911. If you believe the source is a particular food item you bought at a store or ate at a restaurant, you should contact your city or county health department. This can help officials connect the dots if there are other reports of illnesses and help authorities determine whether a food recall or alert should be issued.

You can also report problems to:

Food (Except Meat, Poultry or Processed Egg Products)
Phone the FDA Main Emergency Number at 866-300-4374 or phone the Consumer Complaint Coordinator for your state or area.
Get help with Food, Dietary Supplements, and Cosmetics questions.

Meat, Poultry, or Processed Egg Products
Phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or report the complaint online.
For details, see Problems with Food Products (USDA).

How to Report a Pet Food Complaint (FDA)
Guidelines for reporting problems with pet food and animal feed.

Restaurant Food
Call the health department in your city, county, or state. Find contact information on your State or Territorial Health Department Website.

For more information, go to www.foodsafety.gov 's website for reporting issues with food.
Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Author: Teresa Murray

Consumer Watchdog

 

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Kent State University

Teresa directs the Consumer Watchdog office, which looks out for consumers' health, safety and financial security. Previously, she worked as a journalist and columnist covering consumer issues and personal finance for two decades for Ohio's largest daily newspaper. She's earned dozens of state and national journalism awards, including Best Columnist in Ohio, Best Business Writer in Ohio, and National Headliner Award for coverage of the 2008-09 financial crisis. Among the accomplishments she’s most proud of: A journalism public service award for exposing improper billing practices by Verizon that affected at least 15 million customers nationwide. Her work caused Verizon to reach an $80 million settlement with the FCC, the largest ever imposed at that time. Teresa and her husband live in Greater Cleveland and have two sons. She enjoys biking, house projects and music, and serves on her church missions team and stewardship board.