(Foodborne Disease; Foodborne Infection)
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- Poisons produced by bacteria
- Amoeba or parasites
- Poor hygiene
- Poor refrigeration
- Lack of knowledge of safe food preparation
- Weakened immune system, including during pregnancy
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Stool tests
- Vomit tests
- Take acetaminophen for fever, aches, and pains.
- Start by drinking only clear liquids or sucking on ice chips. Then, try eating soft, bland foods if you can do so without vomiting.
- If consuming milk products worsens symptoms, avoid them for several days.
- Check with your doctor before you use antidiarrheal medications.
- Only eat and drink milk products that are pasteurized.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before touching food.
- Cook foods thoroughly.
- Always rinse fresh fruits and vegetables before eating them. Peel away any skin or rind.
- Be particularly careful when preparing chicken.
- Never put cooked meat on a surface that previously had raw meat on it.
- Use separate cutting boards for meat and other foods.
- Don't prepare any recipes that use raw egg. You can use powdered egg products in place of a fresh egg.
- Don't eat prepared food that has been outside a refrigerator for more than two hours, or one hour in very hot weather.
- Set your refrigerator temperature to below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius).
- If you have a weakened immune system or are pregnant, don't eat raw shellfish, rare meat, or unpasteurized dairy products.
If you are traveling:
- Drink bottled water, not tap water.
- Don't order drinks with ice.
- Eat cooked fruits and vegetables instead of raw ones.
- Don't eat food from street vendors.
American Gastroenterological Association http://www.gastro.org
Gateway to Government Information About Food Safety http://www.foodsafety.gov
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology http://www.cag-acg.org
Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education http://www.canfightbac.org
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Food poisoning. FoodSafety.gov website. Available at: http://www.foodsafety.gov/poisoning/index.html. Accessed December 22, 2014.
Food poisoning. Kids Health—Nemours Foundation website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/kid/ill%5Finjure/sick/food%5Fpoisoning.html. Updated March 2012. Accessed December 22, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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