Food Poisoning Prevention Directory
Food poisoning usually means a bout of vomiting, diarrhea, and cramping. However, most cases of food poisoning can be prevented. Avoiding raw or undercooked meats, maintaining safe food handling, and washing produce before eating it will greatly lessen your chances of getting food poisoning. Check when there are food recalls to be sure you do not eat contaminated food. And when traveling, be careful to eat only well-prepared foods and avoid drinking unsafe water. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how food poisoning can be prevented, how to handle food safely, and much more.
Shellfish Poisoning, Gastrointestinal
Shellfish poisoning is caused by eating shellfish contaminated with bacteria or, more commonly, viruses.
Food Safety Tips for Your Kitchen
Your kitchen is the heart of your home – but it can also be a case of food poisoning waiting to happen. Learn about foods that can make you and family sick and tips to keep your kitchen clean
WebMD's tips on preventing diarrhea.
What Is Listeria?
Listeria, caused by a germ that can grow despite refrigeration, is one source of food poisoning. Though in healthy people it doesn’t usually cause lasting harm, it threatens pregnant women and their babies, people with weak immune systems, and seniors.
9 Food Poisoning Myths
WebMD consulted food safety experts to dispel common myths and offer advice on avoiding food poisoning.
Lettuce Learn to Wash Produce Properly
The government's recent warning about some packaged fresh spinach has people worried about the safety of their produce, especially greens and lettuces.
15 Ways to Make Your Food Safer
15 tips on food safety.
Food Expiration Dates: What to Know
Learn how to understand food expiration dates so you don’t throw away food before it goes bad.
Animal studies have linked meat cooked at high temps to cancer. Humans may face the same risks, so find out how to grill safely.
What’s Listeria, and How Do You Kill It?
Food poisoning is no fun. Learn how to keep your food safe from this tough bacteria that can make you sick.
Surviving the Storm
You’re warm and cozy on a winter night -- then the power goes out. Here’s how to survive the storm.
Slideshows & Images
Food Dangers You Should Avoid
See the most common culprits in food poisoning in our slideshow, as well as symptoms, complications, and how to keep your food safe.
Food Allergy Triggers, Common and Uncommon
Peanuts, tomatoes, and even exercise, can bring on food allergies, some quite dangerous. This WebMD slideshow helps identify triggers, symptoms, and tests to help keep your family safe.
Food Safety Myths and Facts
Should you cut off that moldy piece of cheese and eat the rest? What’s the best way to thaw chicken? Find out in this food safety quiz.
Food Bacteria Quiz
Take this quiz to see how much you know about the food-borne bacteria called listeria, where it grows and what health danger it poses