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Food Poisoning

An illness from consumption of contaminated food

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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Feb 28, 2010
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I've had a few brushes with this. On one occasion, in Bilbao, Spain. I had no food for 3 days & survived only on juices from mini bar!
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Quick Tip by . March 05, 2010
posted in That's Beat
The only time I've ever had food poisoning was when I was young. Had the most delicious blueberry pie and then was forced to taste it twice!
Quick Tip by . February 25, 2010
It is NOT fun to have this. I turned purple because of this recently... :-(
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 Foodborne illness (also foodborne disease and colloquially referred to as food poisoning[1] ) is any illness resulting from the consumption of contaminated food.

There are two types of food poisoning: food infection and food intoxication. Food infection refers to the presence of bacteria or other microbes which infect the body after consumption. Food intoxication refers to the ingestion of toxins contained within the food, including bacterially produced exotoxins, which can happen even when the microbe that produced the toxin is no longer present or able to cause infection. In spite of the common term food poisoning, most cases are caused by a variety of pathogenic bacteriavirusesprions or parasites that contaminate food,[2] rather than chemical or natural toxins.

Foodborne illness usually arises from improper handling, preparation, or food storage. Good hygiene practices before, during, and after food preparation can reduce the chances of contracting an illness. There is a general consensus in the public health community that regular hand-washing is one of the most effective defenses against the spread of foodborne illness. The action of monitoring food to ensure that it will not cause foodborne illness is known as food safety. Foodborne disease can also be caused by a large variety of toxins that affect the environment. For foodborne illness caused by ...

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