Foodborne Illnesses: What You Need to Know

In addition you will learn about the  causes, symptoms and prevention of foodborne illnesses.

Foodborne Illness : Food Poisoning

Food contaminated by bacteria, viruses and parasites (foodborne pathogens) can make you sick. Some people can have foodborne illness, also known as "food poisoning", and not even know they have it. Many people experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. You should see a doctor as soon as possible if you think you have a foodborne illness.

Cost Estimates of Foodborne Illnesses

The Government of Canada estimates that there are about 4 million cases of foodborne illness in Canada every year. Many foodborne illnesses can be prevented by following these safe food-handling practices: cook, clean, chill and separate.


Please call the Minnesota Department of Health if you suspect you have a foodborne or waterborne illness. MDH will relay the necessary information to the appropriate local health authorities.