In this article, we’re going to learn how to identify and avoid food poisoning so that you and your loved ones avoid this type of illness.
Food poisoning happens in different ways
Most food poisoning is caused by bacteria. However, you can also get sick from eating food that has been contaminated with viruses, parasites and moulds. Bacteria are found in meat, poultry, eggs and milk products—including cheese made with unpasteurized or raw milk. They’re also present on fresh produce: unwashed fruits and vegetables can be contaminated by E.coli 0157:H7 (a type of harmful bacteria) during production or handling at the grocery store.
The elderly and the very young are most susceptible to food poisoning
The elderly often have weakened immune systems, which leaves them more vulnerable to most types of infections. Additionally, older people may be on medications that reduce their ability to fight off foodborne bacteria. This includes antibiotics for infections and drugs like aspirin that can cause ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract.
Children under 5 years old are less likely than adults to have built up resistance against certain kinds of bacteria due to their undeveloped immune system development stages. Children may also be more likely than adults to be exposed directly through contact with contaminated foods or surfaces (such as countertops) while they’re playing in the kitchen area where those foods were prepared — creating a direct pathway between an infection source and vulnerable young stomachs!
If you suspect you or someone in your family has food poisoning, contact your doctor
If you suspect food poisoning, contact your doctor or call emergency services if the person is having trouble breathing or is unconscious. Otherwise, call your local emergency number and explain that you think someone has food poisoning.
If you’re not sure what to do: call the doctor’s office or the nearest hospital’s emergency room and tell them that someone in your family has been exposed to some sort of contaminated food. If they ask for any information about symptoms or symptoms that may have occurred prior to contact with medical professionals (such as vomiting), be prepared to give them your name, address and age as well as any other relevant details such as how long ago the person ate contaminated food and whether there have been any other people around who were also sickened by this same meal (or another).
Food poisoning has many different symptoms
Food poisoning is a common and serious health problem. Food poisoning symptoms vary depending on the type of organism involved but can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps lasting several days (sometimes weeks). In some cases it can be fatal – infants under four months old are especially susceptible to the most dangerous types of bacterial infections involving E. coli strains such as O157:H7 which can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome.
Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold
Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold when cooking and bringing food to parties or picnics. Hot foods should be kept at 63 degrees celsius or higher, while cold ones should be kept under 4 degrees celsius or lower. To do this, you can use insulated containers that will keep your food warm for hours.
If you are taking part in an outdoor party, bring some ice packs with you so that the food stays cool until it’s time to eat it. Also, if you are bringing a recipe containing meat (such as beef stew), make sure that meat is cooked all the way through before serving it so that people do not get sick from eating undercooked meats like chicken or pork chops
Properly handling food will help prevent food poisoning
Properly handling food will help prevent food poisoning. Use a thermometer to ensure the meat is cooked to the proper temperature before serving it. Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold with clean, labelled containers. After cooking, make sure your refrigerator is at 4 degrees or colder and that you use perishable items within two days of purchase.
In short, food poisoning is a common and serious illness. It’s important to know what signs to look out for and how to avoid getting sick in the first place.