Toronto Public Health Sets Up Anonymous Website to Track Foodborne Illness

July 25, 2015

In order to track food poisoning cases that might otherwise never get reported, Toronto Public Health has set up an anonymous, voluntary and confidential website called GastroBusters.

Health officials said many Canadians with foodborne illnesses just stay home and don’t report it to anyone, making it harder to get an accurate picture of the problem.

“In a report we did five or six years ago, we found that less than 0.5 percent of food poisoning is reported to public health,” said Toronto Board of Health Chair Joe Mihevc. “That’s not really good. Because if it is reported, we can catch the next wave.”