FOOD POISONING

What is Food Poisoning?
Foodborne illness (sometimes called food poisoning, foodborne disease, or foodborne infection) is common, costly—and preventable. You can get food poisoning after swallowing food that has been contaminated with a variety of germs or toxic substances.

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Symptoms

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Upset stomach

Stomach cramps

Nausea

Vomiting

Diarrhea

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Food Safety

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CLEAN-Wash your hands and surfaces often.

SEPARATE- Don't cross contaminate

COOK- To the right temperature

CHILL- Refrigerate promptly

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Consult a doctor.

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Bloody diarrhea

High fever (over 102 F)

Frequent vomiting (prevents keeping liquid down)

Signs of dehydration- little or no urination, very dry mouth and throat, dizzy when standing up

Diarrhea that lasts more than 3 days

 

Foods that cause food poisoning:

Some foods are more associated with foodborne illnesses and food poisoning than others. They can carry harmful germs that can make you very sick if the food is contaminated.

  • Raw foods of animal origin are the most likely to be contaminated, specifically raw or undercooked meat and poultry, raw or lightly cooked eggs, unpasteurized (raw) milk, and raw shellfish.

  • Fruits and vegetables also may get contaminated.

  • While certain foods are more likely to make you sick, any food can get contaminated in the field, during processing, or during other stages in the food production chain, including through cross-contamination with raw meat in kitchens.

 

Other sources of food poisoning:

  • Handling livestock, such as cattle, goats, poultry or amphibians/reptiles, can also be a source of foodborne illness.  This occurs when that animal is shedding infectious bacteria and the person handling the animal does not properly wash their hands prior to touching their face or handling/consuming food.

  • Water can also be contaminated by bacteria that can make you sick when you ingest the water.  Water sources that may contain bacteria include recreational exposures from lakes, rivers, stream, hot tubs, and swimming pools.  Livestock tanks may also have bacteria growing in them and is not advised for people to drink from.

  • After the 2019 flood that occurred in Nebraska, cases of foodborne illness were noted in people that had completed clean up work in previously flooded areas. 

 

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