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Food Poisoning

Every year, 4 million Canadians (or 1 in 8 people)1 are affected by food borne illness (also called food poisoning). It can happen when you eat food that has been contaminated with harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins or chemicals.

You might not realize when a food has made you sick because you can’t see, taste or smell harmful contaminants, and your symptoms may not appear immediately after you eat the food.

Symptoms depend on the specific type of food borne illness, but they can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. The illness may last for several days, but sometimes it can lead to long-term health problems and even death.

To report a food poisoning:

Call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 immediately. You can call after normal business hours and on weekends. If you have leftover food that you suspect made you sick, please keep it in a refrigerator in case we need to do a lab test.

1 Source from Health Canada


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