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Foodborne Illness

What is Foodborne llness?

Various bacteria and viruses can cause illness. These disease-causing organisms can be spread when proper food handling procedures are not followed.

How To Prevent Foodborne Illness:

The most effective things you can do to prevent the spread of foodborne illness are:

If You Work In a Food Service Facility
  • Washing your hands

  • Avoid touching ready-to-eat foods with your bare hands

  • Do not prepare or handle food when you are ill

  • Keeping hot foods hot, cold food cold and avoiding cross-contamination

It is important to be knowledgeable about foodborne illnesses. Each facility should have an illness exclusion policy available and employees should know that if they have one or more of the following symptoms they should not come to work:


  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Sore throat & fever

  • Jaundice

Employees exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms should be documented on an employee illness log


Have you been exposed to a Foodborne Illness?

If you suspect you have been exposed to a foodborne illness, first contact your health care provider to seek medical advice. Next, please contact Huron County Public Health at 419-668-1652 ext. 239. We will begin an investigation and try to help prevent the further spread of the illness.


We do not provide medical services for foodborne illnesses.

Report food poisoning to national database -

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