Food and Foodborne Illness Complaints
The Retail Food Program investigates all reported foodborne illness complaints and unsanitary conditions regarding retail food establishments. Suspected foodborne outbreaks are referred to the epidemiology section for further investigation.
Complaints should be reported to the local sanitarian office in the local parish health unit. To find a parish health unit in your area, click here.
Foodborne illnesses are caused by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Many different disease-causing microbes, or pathogens, can contaminate foods, so there are many types of foodborne infections. In addition, poisonous chemicals, or other harmful substances can cause foodborne illnesses if they are present in food.