Food Poisoning in the Bahamas

Traveler advisories and reported cases of food poisoning and foodborne illness in the Bahamas.

Have you fallen ill from food or drink, had food poisoning in the Bahamas, or know the details of another traveler who has? Please submit information about what was consumed, where, or what others should avoid consuming.

True food poisoning occurs when a person ingests a contaminating chemical or a natural toxin, while most cases of foodborne illness are caused by a variety of foodborne pathogenic bacteria, viruses, or parasites that contaminate food. Such contamination usually arises from improper handling, preparation, or food storage.

Symptoms typically begin several hours to several days after ingestion and can include one or more of the following: nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, headache, or fatigue. In most cases the body is able to permanently recover after a short period of acute discomfort and illness. However, foodborne illness can result in permanent health problems or even death, especially in babies, young children, pregnant women (and their fetuses), elderly people, sick people and others with weak immune systems.

It's typically in the best interest of a business to keep their customers healthy, but is there a particular restaurant or market in the Bahamas that you know of which consistently has problems with health and hygiene? Are there any food or drink items that travelers should exercise extreme caution with while visiting the Bahamas?

Further reading about foodborne illness

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carina heladal

February 1st, 2012

travelled to nassau bahamas for a two week holiday in 1998, picked up a horrible life threatening disease that has ruined mine and my son's life. No one has an answer for us what it is , has costs me thousands of dollar. We both came down with symptoms of severe gastroparesis , conjuctivist, chills , severe fatigue , muscle pain , severe nausea , lost of appetite, returned home to canada to suffer more symptoms convulsing, severe drenching nightsweats and finally severe respiratory distress every night that cause us both to neurologically shut down breathing . Blood work shows high bilirubin, low white blood cell count , high c-reactive protien, high homocystein and ck . This disease has stolen our life and health. i would never recommend anyone to travel to this country , its not worth it , if you phone the health doctors there no one will help you .

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Reality Bug

March 21st, 2012

The reality is, you can get sick any where. There are microbial organisms all around us, everyday. How do you know that you did not pick it up on the plan from someone traveling from another part of the world,or another visitor that you may have stood to close to in the hotel lobby? I do wish that you did not have to suffer through an ordeal like this, but to tell someone not to go to a country because you had an awful experience is just illogical.

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Marie Veneracion

December 8th, 2015

Anyone suffered from "food poisoning", and/or found any particles in their food that is not supposed to there (as in part of being unsanitary) in Atlantis, Bahamas before Nov. 14, 2015. Please kindly contact me for a possible "class action lawsuit". You may contact me @ 310.808.7624 (text or call), or e-mail me @

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