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Food Poisoning Prevention
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According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, food poisoning (also known as foodborne illness of disease) is any illness resulting from eating contaminated food. The most common cause of food poisoning is harmful bacteria. Other causes include viruses, parasites, toxins and contaminants (bacteria and viruses, parasites, molds, toxins and contaminants, allergens).

Young children, pregnant women and their fetuses, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are especially susceptible to food poisoning and should take extra precautions.

Safety Tips (a partial list)
These eight steps, provided by MayoClinic.com, can help you protect your family from food poisoning at home:
  1. Wash your hands, utensils and food surfaces often.
  2. Keep raw foods separate from ready-to-eat foods.
  3. Cook food to a safe temperature.
  4. Refrigerate or freeze perishable food promptly.
  5. Defrost food safely.
  6. Throw it out when in doubt.
  7. Know when to avoid certain foods altogether.
For more safety tips and other information about this topic and many others, visit the Mayo Clinic.

Sources:
Foodsafety.gov
Department of Health & Human Services, Healthfinder.gov
Mayoclinic.com


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