If I ate out at a local restaurant in my area and the next day I became ill, what should I do?

All suspected cases of foodborne illness should first be reported to your local health department. You can obtain the phone number for your local health department by contacting your borough/ township clerks’ office. Gloucester County residents can call 856-218-4102 to report the suspected foodborne illness. Food Service regulations for restaurants and other foodservice establishments, often based on the FDA Food Code, are developed by the States. 

The health department in your State, city, or county inspects retail food service establishments and institutions. They also offer food service training courses and other programs. Seek medical attention if you experience bloody stools, fever greater than 101.5, dehydration, or diarrhea that lasts more than 3 days.

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1. What is foodborne disease?
2. What are the symptoms of foodborne illness?
3. Are some foods more likely to cause foodborne illness than others?
4. What foods are associated with foodborne illness?
5. How long after I eat contaminated food (or consume bacteria) will I become sick?
6. If I ate out at a local restaurant in my area and the next day I became ill, what should I do?
7. What can I do at home to help protect my family from foodborne illness?
8. How can a customer best assure safe food in a food establishment?
9. How are foodborne diseases diagnosed?
10. How long can I keep meat in my freezer?
11. How are foodborne diseases treated?
12. How does food become contaminated (made impure)?
13. Are some people more likely to contract a foodborne illness? If so, are there special precautions they should take?
14. Does hot water kill bacteria?
15. Does freezing destroy bacteria and parasites?
16. How can a person prevent food poisoning?
17. Where can I learn more about food safety and foodborne diseases?
18. Where can I find information on Food Safety, Bacteria or Spoilage?