Monday, July 28, 2008 -
Web site aims to combat food poisoning
Source of Article: http://www.bizjournals.com/eastbay/stories/2008/07/28/daily10.html
People who think they are suffering from food poisoning can now report their illness online.
The idea is to help
identify potential outbreaks sooner and get a better picture of food-borne
illness in the
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 76 million Americans suffer from food-borne illness -- often referred to as food poisoning -- every year.
Numbers are estimated because most cases are mild and cause symptoms for only a day or two. People are less likely to report symptoms when they start to feel better.
A new national Web-based
was developed by the National Food
Safety & Technology Center at Michigan State
"We want to encourage the public to use this service because it allows us to respond to affected individuals faster and provide follow up and other services quicker," Hinton said in a news release.
The new Web site allows anyone with a computer and Internet connection to file a report at any time. Once a form is submitted, it will be e-mailed to the county for review, investigation and follow up, county environmental health services director Bruce Sarazin said.
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