Do you know what it takes to keep you and your family from getting
food poisoning? Some 82% of Americans say they're confident they prepare
food safely. Yet many do not adhere to simple guidelines for safe food
handling, according to a 2008 survey by the International Food Information
salmonella to E. coli to listeria, food poisoning is on consumers'
minds after a series of high-profile outbreaks across the country. But how much
do we really know about keeping food...
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: