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Common Food Poisoning Symptoms

Common Food Poisoning Symptoms

What Are The Symptoms of Food Poisoning?

The symptoms of food poisoning may begin within an hour of eating contaminated food or may take up to a few weeks to appear. There are a variety of symptoms associated with food poisoning. Each one is different, and each may have different signs of sickness. The following is a list of some of the more common symptoms:

food borne illness symptoms
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Exhaustion

Although unpleasant, food poisoning will not have long-term or critical consequences if you are a healthy person. If you have certain medical conditions, including cancer, HIV, or diabetes, food poisoning may have serious effects on your health.

What Are The Causes of Food Poisoning?

Food poisoning is caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Foods that have not been properly handled or stored may pose a threat to consumers.

Often, food poisoning can be prevented by ensuring you wash your food, don't let perishables stay out of the fridge, and to not eat food that is left out or prepared inappropriately.

What Are Some Common Foods That May Be Hazardous?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 1 in 6 get sick from eating contaminated food every year.

Whether food has been improperly prepared or left at room temperature, the levels of illness can vary greatly. Usually you can treat yourself after a bout of food poisoning through rest and hydration, but more serious cases could require medical treatment.

meat and poultry food poisoning
  • Eggs that are raw or undercooked
  • Raw milk
  • Produce
  • Chicken
  • Tuna
  • Macaroni salad
  • Potato salad
  • Raw seafood
  • Clams
  • Scallops oysters
  • Mussels

While these food have higher chances of containing bacteria and other food poisoning possibilities, they are not the only foods or types of food that can cause food poisoning, even severe cases.

Anything you ingest can cause internal infections, chewing gum, candy, nuts, even water can cause internal infections and food poisoning.

Top 17 Food Illness Outbreaks in US History

Over time there have been many cases of food poisoning that leave victims in pain, and who have even succumbed to their infections.

Here is a list of the Top 17 Food Illness Outbreaks in US History, information quoted and provided by Link to article below list.

  1. 2009: PCA peanut butter

  2. 2011: Cargill ground turkey

  3. 2013: Foster Farms chicken

  4. 2015: Mexican cucumbers

  5. 1993: Jack in the Box hamburgers

  6. 2006: Dole baby spinach

  7. 2006: Taco Bell fast food

  8. 2015: Chipotle Mexican Grill fast food

  9. 1977: Trini & Carmen’s hot sauce

  10. 2015: Home-canned potatoes

  11. 1985: Jalisco Products cheese

  12. 1998-1999: Hot dogs

  13. 2002: Pilgrim’s Pride turkey meat

  14. 2011: Cantaloupes

  15. 1997: Frozen strawberries

  16. 2003: Chi-Chi’s salsa and chili con queso

  17. 2016: Tropical Smoothie Cafe drinks

    For more on the above information and to learn specifics of each event, visit

How Do I Prevent Food Poisoning at Home?

Remember to clean cutting boards, work areas, and utensils during and after food preparation to prevent contamination from food drippings. Cleanliness is an easy way to prevent many kinds of foodborne illnesses. The following are some simple to follow tips to keep you safe:

  • Use soap and warm water to wash hands
  • Wash hands before preparing food and after touching raw meat or poultry.
  • Use clean cooking utensils.
  • Wash cutting boards frequently with warm water and soap, especially after cutting raw meat, fish, or poultry.
  • Keep hair tied back or use a hair net.
  • Wash fruit and vegetables with water before consuming.
  • Use a smooth, non-porous cutting board to avoid absorbing the juices of raw meat.
  • Cleanse the lids of canned food before opening.
  • Wash dish towels in hot water once a week or whenever dirty.

During the holidays it is especially important to practice safe food handling. If you are eating out make sure all poultry and fish is thoroughly cooked. Food poisoning from road side restaurants while traveling is very common and can ruin your holiday vacation.

If you or a loved one has become seriously infected from eating contaminated food, please contact one of our food poisoning attorneys. Contact us today for a No-Hassle, No-Obligation, Free Case Consultation.

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