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Avoiding food poisoning


Food poisoning is generally a mild illness that most commonly results from poor food handling practices. Food poisoning usually occurs two to six hours after eating the contaminated food and can include nausea, fever, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Depending on the exact type of food poisoning, how your body reacts to the toxin, and the amount of contaminated food that was eaten, symptoms may last from several hours to two or three days. Food poisoning can be serious for people in poor health, for the very young, and the elderly.

Practicing basic food safety preparation and storage is the best way to protect against food poisoning. Click here to link to our food poisoning fact sheet.

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