5 ways to avoid food poisoning

According to the CDC, 1 in 6 people get sick from foodborne illness each year. It is estimated that these numbers are actually higher due to people that do suffer at home instead of seeking medical treatment. There are some simple rules to follow if you want to avoid food poisoning. Perhaps the most important is to make sure meat is cooked, particularly chicken, which commonly carries campylobacter. Once the food is cooked, do not leave it sitting at room temperature for long periods of time and make sure it is reheated properly. Also, avoid minced meats where possible.

Key Takeaways:

  • Most people have experienced that unfortunate feeling in their gut making them run in search of the nearest bathroom.
  • In reality, the numbers are likely to be much higher as most people don’t visit their doctor due to bouts of diarrhea — they instead prefer to suffer in silence.
  • The spores and toxins released by bacteria commonly found on food can flourish at this temperature.

“Poultry expands beyond chicken, with infection also common in other commonly consumed birds with which people may be less vigilant in terms of hygiene.”