What you do if you get food poisoning

April 11, 2022

If you get food poisoning seek urgent medical attention. Food Poisoning can be serious for vulnerable population such as young children, elderly and people of all ages with some other health issues. If you are feeling unwell visit your doctor. Some food poisonings are life threatening and early diagnosis can help to avoid severe consequences

If two or more people affects food poisoning from a food service or home kitchen prepared food, then it is considered as foodborne outbreak

Report to nearest   health care service or GP and also contact your local food enforcement office and report the illness. Sometimes medical practice itself immediately inform the local food enforcement team. It is probably wasn’t the last meal you ate, but if you have food samples keep them for analysis

  • If you get sick, write down what you ate and what you did in the week before.
  • Keep food receipts from stores and restaurants.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you should be tested for a foodborne disease.

Finding the source of an outbreak is important because the contaminated food could still be in stores, restaurants, or kitchens and could make more people sick. You can help solve these outbreaks by providing vital clues to Food safety officer

1) Keep Food Labels

Store or freeze food with the original packaging or label. This helps identify what the food is and could help trace where it came from during an outbreak investigation. This information can also help you identify a recalled food that may be in your pantry or freezer.

If you buy food in bulk and divide it into smaller portions to freeze, write information from the food label on the portioned items such as what the food is and where and when you purchased it

2) Keep Food Receipts and Enroll in Shopper Card Programs

It’s a good idea to keep food receipts from grocery stores and restaurants for at least 2 months before discarding them. Keeping these receipts can help you remember what you ate if you get sick. Many shoppers card or loyalty programs allow you to track your purchases and can provide important information on foods, brands, and other details that can help disease detectives during outbreak investigations

 3) Follow better food safety practice

Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill- this will help to protect you and your loved ones from food poisoning

4) Stay up to date

on food recalls foodborne disease outbreaks in your country/state, so that help to prevent any contaminated food in the retail chain may consume and sick.

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