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Food Poisoning

Posted Sep 13 2008 11:46pm
If you have symptoms of food poisoning, try to figure out when you ate a suspect meal, as this can help determine which bacteria is responsible. If a fever develops or the symptoms persist for more than a couple of days, consult your doctor.


Consume plenty of diluted sweetened drinks to replace lost body fluids and provide energy.

Bananas, rice, cooked apples, and dry toast ( the BRAT diet ) for 24 to 48 hours after symptoms have subsided.


Avoid

Overhandling any food.

Old leftovers or foods that are past their expiration date.

Having raw and cooked foods touch, such as on food preparation surfaces.

Raw or undercooked eggs, such as in mayonnaise, sauces, mouses, cold desserts, or unbaked cake batters.


Simple precautions

Discard food that smells bad or is discoloured.

Wash your dishcloth or sponge with hot water and soap after every use.

Always keep raw foods away from other foods, and separate starchy foods and dairy products to prevent cross-contamination.

Be careful when handling meat, fish, shellfish and especially poultry.
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