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Food Poisoning

What is food poisoning, and how long does it last? Use these resources to learn about food poisoning symptoms, common causes, and what to do if you get sick.

USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service

Foodborne illness, commonly known as food poisoning, occurs when food is contaminated with harmful germs. Find out how food can become contaminated and what you can do to prevent illness.  

HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Discover what you can do to prevent, remove, or kill germs in the foods that are most often contaminated. 

HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Listeria is a germ that can hide in common foods. Read on to learn about the people who are at higher risk of listeria food poisoning and how it can be prevented.


Learn about the bacteria and viruses that most commonly cause food poisoning, including Salmonella, E.Coli, and Listeria. Find out what their symptoms are and how long they typically keep you sick.


Find basic information on food poisoning and how it is caused.


Get the latest food product recalls to keep you and your family safe.