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Did food make you sick? Report it now

You love to go out to eat. It’s a great experience for your family, friends and you. You set aside a few bucks or hundreds of dollars to splurge on appetizers, drinks and entrees. When your meal is great, you love to share it with the world.


You post photos of your meal and your group of friends at the restaurant on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. Better yet, you get to cherish those memories for years to come.

This is why it’s so disappointing when your meal goes bad. By “bad,” we mean stomach-churning bad, where you end up with a painful stomach ache or a debilitating bout of diarrhea and vomiting that could land you in the hospital.

Posting that on social media may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re sitting in a hospital bed or you’re taking a sick day from work. Yet, sharing your experience with others could save many people the discomfort you’re experiencing or perhaps save their lives.

This site keeps track of food poisonings

This is where comes in. The site was founded a decade ago to help you to alert other people to potential dangers.

“Our goal is to reduce the number of foodborne illness outbreaks by making the system more transparent,” the founders say on the site. “We do that with the help of your reports.”

Report food that made you sick

Here’s how you report a problem. Go to the site by clicking on the blue link below.

You’ll see three steps on the homepage. The first step is to report the restaurant or food maker that made you sick and share your symptoms, like fever or vomiting.

Then, you can type in details about your experience and give the place a star rating, from 1 to 5. The third step is to choose who you’d like to receive your report, including the business; then submit your report.

Recent reports on the site include an incident with baby carrots purchased at a Trader Joe’s in California and the China Inn restaurant in Moline, Ill.

Remember that anybody can post at this site, so use your judgment if people are complaining about your favorite restaurant. Despite all this, happy eats!

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