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Foodborne Illness

How to Report a Foodborne Illness in Long Beach

The Long Beach Consumer Protection Program responds to all reports of suspected foodborne illness (food poisoning) implicating food sold or served in the City of Long Beach in order to prevent additional cases of illness. Foodborne illness complaints can be reported online or by phone. Once a report is received, we may need to contact you by phone for an interview. The information you provide is confidential. If this is a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.

  • File a report online by filling out the form below
  • Call the Epidemiology Program at (562) 570-4302
This form is to be used for reporting suspected foodborne illnesses only. Any other complaints cannot be processed using this system.  To file a complaint that did not result in illness, please call (562) 570-4132.

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Things to Know About Foodborne Illness

  • CDC estimates that each year approximately 48 million people in the United States get sick from foodborne diseases
  • The most common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and abdominal cramps
  • Causes of foodborne illnesses include bacteria, toxins, viruses, chemicals, and parasites
  • The last meal consumed is not necessarily what caused the foodborne illness
  • In order for the Long Beach Health Department to respond to foodborne illness complaints, complete and accurate information is needed

Additional Resources

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/FoodborneDiseasesandOutbreaks.aspx

 https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/foodborne-germs.html