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The Department of Environmental Health Epidemiology Liaison works closely with medical professionals, hospitals, the restaurant industry, and other governmental agencies to help identify sources of and reduce the potential for future foodborne illness (food poisoning) in retail food facilities within San Diego County.

To report a suspected foodborne illness (food poisoning) related to retail food facilities, such as restaurants and markets, within San Diego County

 County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health, Food & Housing Division

Phone: (858) 505-6814

Fax: (858) 505-6998

Email: FHDepi@sdcounty.ca.gov

General Guidelines About Reporting

  1. Report what happened as soon as possible. Give names, addresses and phone numbers of persons affected. Include your name, address and phone number, as well as that of the doctor or hospital if emergency treatment was provided.
  2. State the problem clearly. Describe the product as completely as possible. Give the name and address of the store where the product was purchased and the date of purchase.
  3. Also report the problem directly to the restaurant/ market where you purchased the product.
  4. If you have a medical emergency, obtain treatment immediately at a nearest hospital with an emergency department or call 9-1-1.

Reporting Wholesale and other food facilities

Wholesale food processing and distribution facilities that handle food other than meat and poultry

CA Dept. of Public Health Food & Drug Branch

Phone: (800) 495-3232

Domestic and imported food products sold in interstate commerce that don't contain meat or poultry, such as cereal, bottled beverages

Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Toll-free Nationwide  (888) INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332) or (949) 608-3530 or  (800) 877-8339 (TDD/TTY)

FDA's Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition  (888) 723-3366

Emergency/ 24-hour number: (301) 443-1240 food-borne illness or a drug- product tampering cases

Domestic and imported meat, poultry and related products (such as meat- or poultry-containing stews, pizzas, and frozen foods), and processed egg products (generally liquid, frozen, and dried pasteurized egg products)

United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety & Inspection Service

Phone: (800) 535-4555

Email: mphotline.fsis@usda.gov

Website: USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline