Foodborne illnesses frequently arise from poor food preparation.
How can foodborne illness be avoided?
- Don’t leave food out. Microbes thrive on virtually all food items, and more so on foods left at room temperature.
- Promptly refrigerate foods within 2 hours of preparation. Refrigeration slows or stops the growth of most microbes.
- Use separate cutting boards for raw meats and vegetables.
- Wash all fruits and vegetables prior to eating.
- Keep your countertops clean.
What are the symptoms of a foodborne illness?
The most common symptoms of foodborne illness are fever, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal bloating or cramping, and muscle aches. A common belief is that the illness is caused by the most recent foods or meal consumed. This can be a misconception; symptoms usually appear 12-72 hours after eating contaminated food.