An increasing complaint among many people is food poisoning. Obviously this leaves a lot to say about industrial hygiene and conditions in which food is prepared, because the complaints are likely to come from homes as well as disgruntled restaurant diners.
Food poisoning occurs specifically when a certain kind of bacteria, or the toxins it produces, finds its way into food being consumed by a person. There are multiple ways in which food poisoning can occur and become contaminated enough to cause food poisoning. Specifically:
- Meat coming into contact with bacteria from the intestines of an animal
- Raw fish
- Mayonnaise and other egg-based food being unrefrigerated for too long
- Under-cooked food of almost any kind, especially meat or eggs
- Untreated water
- Food served with unclean or poorly cleaned utensils
The effects can vary from person to person depending on symptoms or immune systems, but the severe ones can lead to unbearable pain and in some cases death. All in all, medical journals record over 200 diseases, which can occur as a result of food poisoning. There are a few indicators that suggest you contact a doctor or a medical expert such as:
- Pus or blood identified in the stool
- Excessive dehydration
- Diarrhea for more than 5 days
- A child constantly vomiting
- Tingling in arms, muscle weakness, or blurry vision
Overall, in order to avoid food poisoning, it is important to follow proper hygiene procedures. Small steps such as constantly washing utensils and food preparation surfaces can go a long way. Double and triple checking food ingredients, as well as their expiration date, can make a huge difference. Make sure you do your part to keep preparation areas clean and you will be a step closer to ensuring the safety and enjoyment of your next meal.