Foodborne Illnesses 

The Department of Environmental Health and Quality 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, fill out this form and email or fax to the County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health and Quality, Food and Housing Division:

Phone: (858) 505-6814
Fax: (858) 467-9276

General Guidelines About Reporting

  1. If you have a medical emergency, obtain treatment immediately at a nearby hospital with an emergency department or call 9-1-1.
  2. Report what happened as soon as possible. To better assist you, please fill out this form. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Also report the problem directly to the restaurant/market where you purchased the product.

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

(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 (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-hours: (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

(800) 535-4555
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline


  (858) 505-6900