Monday, July 28, 2008 -

Web site aims to combat food poisoning

East Bay Business Times - by Kathy Robertson

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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 United States.

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 service,, was developed by the National Food Safety & Technology Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Funded by federal grants, the site helps people remember what they ate, prepare a report in about 20 minutes and submit it to their local health department.

"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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