Saturday, June 30, 2007

Understanding Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is one of the diseases that affects millions every year. Foods that are brought on the street, undercooked food and spoiled foods are the main cause because dangerous bacterias such as E.coli, Salmonella and Vibro parahaemolyticus are just some that are found in these types of foods. More often than not, food borne illness are difficult to tell for most people because its symptoms are rather similar to the flu. Chicken, seafoods, cooked rice and cold cuts are just some of the foods that these bacterias love to invade. It's best to make sure that foods are prepared properly and are thoroughly cooked. Here are some more bacterias you should be watching out for.

1.) Vibro Bacteria - These bacterias are found in raw and undercooked seafoods.

2.) Salmonella - Bacteria that are commonly found in poultry products and some fruit and vegetables.

3.) Norovirus - A very contagious bacteria that is commonly found in shellfish.

4.) Listeria monocytogenes - This is the most dangerous food borne pathogens. Found in soft un-riped cheeses, cold cuts and unwashed produce.

5.) Escherichia coli - Found in raw or undercooked meat and poultry, unwashed fruit and vegetables as well as unpasteurized milk and some juices.

6.) Campylobacter - Commonly found in un-chlorinated drinking water, undercooked meat and poultry products. This disease is one of the leading cause of food illness

But food poisoning can be prevented. I will only take a small effort on our part to keep us from getting sick. We must develop a practice of looking at the expiration dates on the food products we purchase especially poultry and seafoods. Wash all the products you brought from the market like fruits and vegetables and properly cook your food, as most cases involving food poisoning is eating raw or undercooked meat.



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