Diarrhea,Age 12 and Older - Prevention
is a common cause of diarrhea in children and adults. Most cases of food
poisoning may be prevented by taking a few precautions when preparing and
storing food at home. Perishable foods, such as eggs, meats, poultry, fish,
shellfish, milk, and milk products, should be treated with extra care. Also,
precautions should be taken if you are pregnant, have an
impaired immune system or a chronic illness, or are preparing foods for other high-risk groups, such as young children or older
adults. For more information, see the topic
Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling.
The U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) recommends the following steps to prevent food poisoning:
Many counties in the United States have extension services
listed in the phone book. These services can answer your question about safe
home canning and food preparation.
For information on how to prevent traveler's diarrhea, see the topic