It seems like over the past several weeks I have seen some totally outrageous outbreaks or news stories about food! During the holiday season, it is important to that you make sure you are being cautious and up to date about the latest recalls and outbreaks for you and your family’s Health sake.
There are many types of bacteria that can be infectious to your food such as Ecoli and Salmonella. You will normally hear the most common food born illness to be called Food Poisoning. This is an illness caused by eating contaminated food. Infectious organisms including bacteria, viruses and parasites or their toxins are the most common causes of food poisoning.
What is E coli?
E. coli is a type of bacteria that normally live in the intestines of people and animals. Certain types of Ecoli can cause intestinal infection and other strains that cause intestinal sickness due to the toxins produced. Symptoms of intestinal infection include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. More severe cases can lead to a bloody stool, dehydration, or kidney failure.
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. Salmonella bacteria typically live in animal and human intestines and are shed through feces. Humans become infected most frequently through contaminated water or food. Salmonella infection is usually caused by eating raw or under cooked meat, poultry, eggs or egg products. Possible signs and symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and a fever.
Health Tips to Avoid Food Born Illnesses:
With that being said, we must watch what we eat!
I have had food poisoning before and it is not the greatest feeling. So here are some important food tips to check for are:
- Avoid eating raw foods. Thaw and cook foods thoroughly and properly.
- Checking expiration dates. Try to stay away from spoiled foods.
- Wash fruits, vegetables, and meats properly. Make sure you clean your kitchen area thoroughly for sanitation needs.
- Check the sites regularly for updates list of food recalls: https://www.cdc.gov/ & https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/
- I rarely eat leftovers from a restaurant, but if you do, be sure to refrigerate. Do not leave out overnight. And be sure to reheat at a proper temperature and duration.
- If something does not taste or smell right or even looks under cooked, send the food back to the restaurant for proper food order.
It can be tough to avoid food born illnesses but small steps to ensure the safety of your health will avoid bacterial poisoning as much as possible.
Stay Safe out There!
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