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Reporting Foodborne Illness

Carol Ann Burtness, Extension Educator — Food Safety

Revised 2013 by Kathy Brandt, Extension Educator — Food Safety.

A foodborne illness for most “healthy” people is a nuisance and symptoms usually go away within a few days. However, for people who are at high risk (e.g. young children, elderly, or have a weakened immune system or a chronic disease), a foodborne illness can be life threatening and even deadly!

If you believe that you became sick from eating any food or beverage, call the Minnesota Foodborne Illness Hotline (toll-free at 1-877-366-3455 or Twin Cities area at 651-201-5655) or your county health department or your medical clinic.

When you call the Hotline, county health department or medical clinic, this call will help identify foodborne illness outbreaks in Minnesota. It will also prevent the spread of illness to others!

When you call, remember:

After your call:

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