Food Poisoning and Food Safety Resources

Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, is caused when a bacterium or other organism contaminates a food product and causes illness to those who consume the food. The practice of proper food safety techniques is the best way to prevent food poisoning, such as storing your food in a freezer or refrigerator and cooking it thoroughly. The U.S. government has numerous online resources to help you not only prevent foodborne illness but also to report it if you do become ill from food. Check the following resources for more details:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Food Safety Education Center - Smart phone apps and printable fact sheets about foodborne illness and tips on food poisoning prevention. 
  • Food Safety Fact Sheets - Collection of food safety fact sheets with advice on how to prepare meat and poultry, information about food labeling, and more.
  • Ask a Food Safety Question (Ask Karen) - Interactive site for asking questions pertaining to food safety.
  • Food Defense and Emergency Response - Information for consumers and owners of food facilities about how to maintain food safety during emergencies. Also provides information on food defense or the protection of food from intentional harm by biological, chemical, or radiological agents.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

More Resources

  • - Gateway to government food safety information, collecting information from the USDA, FDA, CDC, and other federal agencies.

Food safety is in everyone's best interests, but food poisoning can strike at any time. Consider speaking with a qualified attorney if you believe you’ve sustained a serious injury from tainted food. If you’re a restaurant owner who’s been sued over a food poisoning incident, it’s in your best interest to seek experienced legal advice quickly.

Next Steps

Contact a qualified product liability attorney to make sure your rights are protected.

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