Food poisoning causes and prevention

Food poisoning can be caused any time  or at any stage of food processing, either during production or while cooking.The main cause of food poisoning is the transfer of contaminated bacteria from one medium to other.Food poisoning often lead to nausea, vomiting, fever, dehydration,cramping and diarrhoea.The centre for science in public interest has reported that food poisoning is caused due to abrupt foods such as ice creams, green leafy vegetables and potatoes.

Large  number of Australians suffer from food poisoning every year.Raw foods are not safe and is one of the cause for food poisoning.The University of Maryland Medical Centre has found that food poisoning can be very harmful for health as it could cause difficulty while speaking,eye problem, food swallowing problem.Serious effect can lead to death.

Common symptom of food poisoning:

1)Headache.

2)Abdominal cramp.

3)Nausea.

4)Fever.

5) Diarrhoea.

6)Muscle pain.

7)Failure of kidney.

8)Weakness.

Prevention of food poisoning:

1)Buy food carefully.Check the manufacturing as well as expiration date of canned food. Check them if they are packed and sealed properly.

2)Store food at an appropriate place. Refrigerate the cooked food especially at summer time.The food is not safe to preserve for long period of time.

3)Be careful while buying dairy products and eggs.

4)Always wash your hands properly before eating and after handling raw foods such as fish, poultry,shellfish,and meat.

5)Maintain the proper temperature for different food, cold food should be kept cold and hot food hot.

6)Avoid the situation of contamination.Prevent the spread of bacteria .Keep away food like meat, poultry, seafood and fish from other foods.

7)Cook food at proper temperature.Heat them for quite long period of time to kill the harmful viruses and bacteria.And to prevent the contamination that could cause food poisoning.

Another method to prevent food poisoning is Food irradiation.In this method food is treated with radiant energy source like electron beam or gamma rays.The whole process helps in killing the harmful bacteria and reduces the risk of food poisoning.Though irradiated processing of foods are not practiced in some of the parts of the world.Food irradiation do kills bacteria but it doesn’t sterilize the food.Foods such as potatoes, wheat, red meat,dehydrated products and pork are often irradiated to reduce the risk of food poisoning.

“The information present here is for general purpose please consult your doctor before taking any medication/therapy”

 

 

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