How to Report a Foodborne Illness - General Public
Please contact your local health department, also known as a county or city health department, if you believe you or someone you know became ill from eating a certain food. Ask to speak with the environmental health specialist, or sanitarian, about a possible food problem. Refer to your state health department website to find more information about how to contact your local health department.
Reporting illnesses to your local health department helps them identify potential foodborne disease outbreaks. Public health officials learn about possible problems in food preparation, production, and distribution that may cause illness during investigations of foodborne disease outbreaks.
Contact CDC about a Foodborne Illness:
Please call CDC INFO at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).
- Page last reviewed: March 24, 2015
- Page last updated: July 2, 2018
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