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Food Poisoning
One in six Americans will get sick from eating or drinking contaminated food this year. The most common symptoms of what many people call food poisoning include:
  • diarrhea
  • throwing up
  • nausea
  • stomach pain
Most people recover from foodborne illness without any lasting effects. However, it’s important for local health districts to investigate possible foodborne illness to ensure that more people don’t get sick.
Contact Us
If you believe you’ve become ill after eating in a restaurant or purchasing food in Snohomish County, please contact our Communicable Disease staff for a brief phone interview: 425.339.5278
If you are concerned about unsanitary or unsafe practices or conditions in a food establishment, please complete this complaint form. The Environmental Health division follows up on complaints to ensure that businesses are safely following the Food Code.
Causes & Effects
Food may become contaminated at any step in its journey from the farm to your dinner plate. Learn more about the causes of foodborne illness and how government responds from the Federal Food Safety program.
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Last Reviewed and updated 6/25/2012