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Sun, 26 May 2019

Northeast Today

Deal Smartly with Food Poisoning

Deal Smartly with Food Poisoning
May 13
14:27 2019

Understanding the rampant food-poisoning problem among the youth, Kristi Borah delves in to discuss about the causes, symptoms, and pre-cautions for the ailment.

 

What is food poisoning?

 

Food poisoning; also known as the food borne disease, is an acute gastroenteritis caused by indigestion of food or drinks contaminated with either living bacteria or their toxins or inorganic chemical substances and poisons derived from plants and animals.

 

When to consult a doctor?

Food poisoning may be of two types: non-bacterial and bacterial. If you come across any of the following signs or symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea for more than two-three days
  • Abdominal cramps or Extreme pain
  • Fever and Chills
  • Headache and Body pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Neurological symptoms such as  muscle pain and weakness, blurry vision Prevention

Risk of developing food poisoning is higher among infants and elderly people suffering from serious health issues like kidney disease or diabetes. People with a weakened immune system develop it easily.

 

 How to avoid food poisoning?

One of the excellent ways to stay away from food poisoning is to ensure you maintain high standards of personal and food hygiene when storing, handling and preparing food. The Food Standards Scotland (FSS) recommends remembering the “four Cs” to avoid food poisoning.  They are:

  • Cleaning
  • cooking
  • chilling
  • cross-contamination

 

Prevention

Here are a few simple ways to stay away from food poisoning at home:

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  • Always wash your hands, utensils and food surfaces very often. Washing hands with handwash before and after handling or preparing food is very important to ensure hygiene. You can use hot, soapy water to wash utensils, cutting boards and other surfaces.

 

  • Keeping raw food separately from ready-to-eat foods prevents cross-contamination. During the time of shopping, preparing food or storing food, keep raw meat, poultry, fish and shellfish away from other foods. One of the best ways to get rid of harmful organisms is by cooking food at at the right temperature. You can use a food thermometer for checking the temperature.

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  • The safest way to thaw food is to defrost it in the refrigerator instead of keeping it in room temperature.
  • If you aren’t sure about the food served or stored safely, throw it. Food that is left at room temperature for a long time may contain bacteria or toxins that can’t be destroyed by cooking. Sometimes it may look good and smells fine, but it may not be safe to eat, better discard it.

 

Food poisoning can pose threat to blow up into major diseases if not handled at an early stage. We are better off taking necessary measures to ensure the safekeeping of our food.

 

 

 

 

 

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