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.

 

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