Beware of Food Poisoning!

Beware of Food Poisoning!

Food Poisoning is common during the summer months as warmer temperatures favor the growth of microorganisms. Also called foodborne illness, it is caused by eating food that is spoiled, toxic, or contaminated, with bacteria, viruses and/or parasites. Food poisoning is a serious and sometimes deadly issue that affects millions of people each year.

Symptoms
Nausea
Vomiting
Watery or bloody diarrhea
Abdominal pain and cramps
High fever

Causes
Improper preparation and food storage
Cross-contamination
Bacteria and Viruses
Parasites
Mold, Toxins and Contaminants

Risk factors
Older adults
Pregnant women
Infants and young children
People with medical conditions

Prevention
Wash your hands, utensils and food surfaces often.
Keep raw foods separate from ready-to-eat foods.
Cook foods to a safe temperature.
Refrigerate or freeze perishable foods promptly.
Defrost food safely.
Throw it out when in doubt.
Avoid foods that have been kept at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

Lifestyle and home remedies
Let your stomach settle.
Try sucking on ice chips or taking small sips of water. 
Ease back into eating. 
Avoid harder-to-digest foods and substances until you're feeling better. 
Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.
Re-hydration.
Rest.

“Handling food correctly may take a few extra steps, but it's important to safeguard your health.”


Sources:


https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/food-poisoning/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20356236
https://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/the-most-common-causes-of-food-poisoning.aspx
https://www.foodsafety.com.au/resources/articles/5-infamous-food-poisoning-cases-in-history

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