About Foodborne Illness

Foodborne illness is any illness that may result from eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated beverages. Food may be contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins and chemicals. Typical symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. The elderly, very young, and those with a weakened immune system aremore at risk of foodborne illness. The common myth regarding foodborne illness is that the last meal one ate made the person sick. However, some symptoms are not present until days or even up to a couple of months after consuming the food in question. This is why it is important that you provide the Health Department with at least a 3-day food history if you suspect you have a foodborne illness.

What you should do if you suspect you have a foodborne illness

Call your Healthcare Provider if. . .

You have diarrhea and any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever over 101.5° F, measured orally
  • Blood in the stool
  • Prolonged vomiting that prevents keeping liquids down (which can lead to dehydration)
  • Signs of dehydration, including a decrease in urination, a dry mouth and throat, and feeling dizzy when standing up
  • Diarrheal illness that lasts more than 3 days

Let us know us if. . .

You suspect that your foodborne illness resulted from food consumed outside your home and would like to submit a complaint against the food establishment.

List of Food-borne Illnesses




  • Botulism CDC   FAQ's
  • Ciguatera CDC  
  • Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, Ciguatera) CDC   FAQ's
  • Scombroid CDC  
  • Staphylococcal Food Poisoning , Enterotoxin - B Poisoning (Staph Food Poisoning) CDC  


Restaurant Food Illness Complaint

Please answer the questions below to help us investigate your complaint. If you prefer, illness complaints can also be made by calling the Office of Food Protection at 401-222-2749.

Name of restaurant/food business you think made you sick (* required)


Make sure it's the correct business

Click on the business in the list below to verify that it is the one that you think made you sick, then click the 'File A Complaint' in the next window.

Name Address City