Food Poisoning and Its Symptoms
Learn to recognize the symptoms and understand the many important steps
that you can take to protect yourself and your family.
- Common causes of food
poisoning: You may have had food poisoning and not even known it. It's sometimes called foodborne illness.
illness: Food poisoning (also known as "foodborne illness") happens when a person gets sick from eating food
that has been contaminated with a harmful microorganism.
What to Do if Someone Gets Sick From Food
If you suspect that your health has been compromised because of food, contact your family physician or local health
authority who will follow-up with the appropriate treatment. If they determine that food appears to be the likely cause of
illness (rather than on-site preparation), they will contact the CFIA to initiate an investigation.
- Report a food safety or
labelling concern: Whether it's an expired label, an unclean store, or food poisoning from a packaged food, find out
where to direct your concern.
- If you believe a product is a health and safety risk, you can report that potential food safety
incident to the CFIA:
complaints: Find the restaurant inspection authority nearest you.
Tips for Travelling
There's nothing like getting away on a vacation to help you relax and unwind. Take precautions in order to stay
healthy on your trip and to return home healthy.
- Be aware and declare! When you are
travelling, remember that many foods are not allowed into Canada.
- Travel health: Be aware
of the health conditions in the country where you will be travelling, as well as the precautions you should take before you