Food Poisoning

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, is illness caused by eating contaminated food. Dr. Edward Hill provides some critical information to help you avoid serving or eating bad food in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Food poisoning happens after someone eats food that has germs or viruses in it.

Its not always easy to tell if food is bad. Food recalls may be in the news when outbreaks happen. Its best to assume that all raw meats, eggs and fresh fruits and vegetables could have germs.

Food poisoning usually causes stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The diarrhea may have blood in it. Some types of food poisoning can be very serious. Its important to let your doctor know if you think you might have it.

Wash your hands and anything else that touches raw meat. Dont wash raw meat or eggs. This can actually spread germs to other foods. Wash all fresh fruits and vegetables.

Dont let raw meat touch other foods. Use different cutting boards for meat and vegetables.

Cook food to a safe temperature. Dont drink unpasteurized dairy products or juices.

Chill. Put foods that belong in the refrigerator away as soon as possible. Thaw meat in the refrigerator, not on the counter.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.