Food safety refers to the conditions and practices that preserve the quality of food to prevent contamination and food-borne illnesses.
Handle Foods Safely
Although most people recover from food-borne illness within a short period of time, some can develop chronic, severe, or even life-threatening health problems. In addition, some people are at a higher risk for developing food-borne illness, including pregnant women, young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. To keep your family safe from food poisoning, follow the Four Steps to Food Safety. Visit Foodsafety.gov for additional information.
Know the Symptoms
When certain disease-causing bacteria or pathogens contaminate food, they can cause food-borne illness, often referred to as "food poisoning." Consuming food-borne bacteria can cause illness within 1 to 3 days of consumption. However, sickness can also occur within 20 minutes or up to 6 weeks later.
Symptoms of food-borne illness can include:
- abdominal pain
- flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, and body ache
Food Safety Before, During and After Severe Storms and Power Outages
USDA's Guide to Food Safety During Severe Storms, Hurricanes, and Power Outages
Know how to keep food safe before, during and after emergencies. Follow these tips to help minimize food loss and reduce your risk of food-borne illness.
Food Safety for People with Weakened Immune Systems
If you have health problems or take medications that weaken your body's ability to fight germs and sickness, you are more likely to get a food-borne illness.
This includes people who have:
- liver or kidney disease
- HIV or AIDS
- autoimmune diseases
- organ transplants
- a need for chemotherapy or radiation therapy
Report Food Poisoning
If you think you have food poisoning or an allergic reaction to food, contact your doctor. If it's an emergency, call 911. If you believe you or someone you know has become ill from eating a certain food, contact us.
Where to Report a Problem with Food
|Meat, Poultry, or Processed Egg Products||Call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or report a claim online here.|
|Food (Except Meat, Poultry, or Processed Egg Products)||Call the FDA Main Emergency Number at 866-300-4374|
|Pet Food||You can report complaints about a pet food electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or contacting NJ's FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator at 973-331-4998|
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