Here are some tips to prevent food poisoning:
Always wash hands before preparing any food; wash utensils with hot soapy water after using them to prepare any meat or fish.
Don't thaw frozen meat at room temperature. Let meat thaw gradually in a refrigerator, or thaw it quickly in a microwave oven and cook immediately.
Avoid uncooked marinated food and raw meat, fish, or eggs; cook all such food thoroughly.
Check expiration dates on all foods.
In restaurants, return any undercooked...
The very young and the very
old may be most affected by food poisoning. Their symptoms may last longer, and
even the types of food poisoning that are typically mild can be
life-threatening. This may also be true for pregnant women and people with
impaired immune systems, such as those who have
long-lasting (chronic) illnesses.
Not all food poisoning causes diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and belly cramps. Some types of food
poisoning have different or more severe symptoms. These can include weakness,
numbness, confusion, or tingling of the face, hands, and feet.
Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as diarrhea and vomiting,
can also be caused by organisms that aren't necessarily spread through food.
These organisms are mainly spread through water or personal contact.
Conditions caused by these organisms include infection
with the parasite Giardia lamblia.
Learn more about specific food poisoning organisms, including how they are spread, their symptoms, and their treatment: