Report a Foodborne Illness

We investigate food-borne illnesses. To report concern about food illness, call 518-873-3500 Causes and Symptoms of Foodborne Illness
  • Foodborne illness is caused by consuming contaminated foods or beverages.
  • Many different disease-causing microbes or pathogens can contaminate foods, so there are many different types of foodborne illnesses.
  • Most foodborne diseases are infections caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Other diseases are poisonings caused by harmful toxins or chemicals that have contaminated food.
  • Of note, many foodborne pathogens also can be acquired through recreational or drinking water, from contact with animals or their environment, or through person-to-person spread.
What do I need to know before I call?
  • Foodborne illness often occurs 1 to 4 days after eating contaminated foods.
  • We will ask you about your symptoms and the foods you ate and where you ate them in the 4 days before your illness began.
  • They will also ask if you drank any water collected from a lake, river, or spring or went swimming in the 2 weeks before your illness.
All information we collect about your illness is private. We will not release your name to anyone outside the public health system without your permission.

Food Safety

Foodborne Illness

We investigate foodborne illnesses. To report concern about food illness, call 518-873-3500 ⬆

Other Surface Water/Bathing Areas that are not regulated by NYSDOH: follow the instructions under Report It! on the DEC Harmful Algal Blooms website.