Food poisoning in Wellingborough
Food poisoning can be a debilitating and distressing condition to deal with, particularly if it strikes when you are away from home, such as on holiday or at a family occasion. The symptoms of food poisoning can be immediately apparent to the victim and ruin the occasion for everyone involved. If you have food poisoning in Wellingborough, read on.
What causes food poisoning?
Food poisoning is caused by food becoming contaminated by bacteria, viruses, or even parasites. This contamination can occur at any time:
- production of food
- processing of food
- storage of food
- defrosting of food
- cooking of food
- serving of food
What bacteria contaminates food?
The most common cause of bacterial food poisoning is Campylobacter bacteria which are found in unpasteurised milk, raw meat, and untreated water.
Salmonella is also a culprit which can cause food poisoning and is found in raw eggs, poultry and untreated water.
Listeria is a common cause of bacterial food poisoning as it thrives in ready to eat foods such as soft cheeses, butter, cooked sliced meats, pate, ready to eat sandwiches and meat products.
How do I know if the food poisoning is viral or bacterial?
Bacterial food poisoning is usually evident quicker than viral food poisoning. However, the symptoms can take 12-36 hours to develop, although it can be apparent within an hour if it is severe. Viral food poisoning can cause more symptoms and is passed from human to human or human to food through cross contamination.
How can I avoid food poisoning?
- Wash your hands before handling foods and during preparation of foods
- Ensure that foods are purchased that are in date and in good condition.
- Store foods appropriately and chill as soon as possible.
- Do not allow frozen foods to defrost unless you intend to eat them within 12-24 hours.
- Do not refreeze thawed foods unless you have cooked them first.
- Once the food is cooked, don’t keep it warm for prolonged periods of time.
- Cook foods for the required length of time to destroy any contamination.
- If food appears uncooked, then don’t eat it!
- If you are ill yourself, do not prepare or serve foods as you can transfer the bacteria or virus to someone else causing an outbreak of food poisoning.
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Date Published: 25th November 2013
Author: David Brown