Many individuals who suffer “normal” symptoms and are able to recover on their own don’t see the importance of reporting an instance of food poisoning. If your case is the result of a restaurant or other food business, then this is of prime importance for local environmental health officials. If a business is practicing poor food hygiene, it’s imperative to public safety to prevent food poisoning and a local outbreak.
For serious cases concerning salmonella and listeria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keep track of cases across the nation to ensure that an outbreak isn’t right around the corner. By reporting food poisoning, you are helping others stay healthy and contributing to overall public health and well-being.