Report a Food-Borne Illness (Food Poisoning)
Reporting an issue of suspected food poisoning to Environmental Health may help control a possible food-borne illness outbreak. When two or more people experience the same symptoms of illness from consuming the same food or drink, the event is called a food-borne outbreak. Environmental health officers will investigate cases of food-borne illness and outbreaks to identify the source, to control them, to prevent further illness, and to learn how to prevent similar outbreaks from happening in the future.
To report a suspected food poisoning, please call 902-368-4970 (Toll Free: 1-800-958-6400).
How do I know if I have food poisoning?
Common symptoms of a food-borne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and chills. Food-borne illness can happen suddenly, days or even weeks after consuming contaminated food. Symptoms can range from mild to serious and may last from a few hours to several days.
Should I seek medical attention if I have food poisoning?
Most people recover from food-borne illness on their own without treatment. Some people are at greater risk of developing severe symptoms or complications. If you require medical attention:
- contact your doctor;
- visit a local health clinic; or
- call 911 if you feel it is an emergency.