Food poisoning is an illness that results from eating food contaminated with an infectious organism (bacteria, virus, parasite) or a toxin. More than 6 million cases of food poisoning occur every year in the United States. The most common symptoms of food poisoning are vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain. People usually recover quickly from food poisoning; some people, however, may need hospitalization and fluids to treat dehydration, and a few people die of food poisoning every year. A wide variety of foods can cause food poisoning if they are spoiled, are improperly prepared, or are contaminated in the field and served raw. Several instances of food poisoning related to sprouts have been reported, but detailed information on such outbreaks has been lacking.