Food poisoning during the holidays
Often during the Holidays, we make a large feast. That feast is then devoured and left out on the counter for several hours. It is important that you do not leave food out and refrigerate all leftovers. If food is left out then you can catch food poisoning.
Food poisoning is caused by, contaminated food. Foods are contaminated by food borne illnesses by being handled or cooked incorrectly, or being left out for long periods of time.
According to the Mayo Clinc, “Food poisoning symptoms often include nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, which can start just hours after eating contaminated food. Most often, food poisoning is mild and resolves without treatment. But some cases are severe, requiring hospitalization.”
Bacteria such as Listeria,E-Colli, Salmonella, and Cyclospora are the ones found in food that cause food poisoning. Food poisoning reaches a year time high during the holidays, due to mainly people leaving food out. It is important not to leave food out for more than one hour after it is cooked.
Most healthy people who catch food poisoning recover on their own. People with health issues, the young and the old can become so ill from food poisoning that it might kill them with out proper medical attention. Pregnant women also can suffer tremendously from food poisoning, and the illness can also kill their unborn children. It is important to cook food correctly, and to not cross contaminate.
These are ways to protect your family from food poisoning and prevent illness:
Prevent Cross Contamination. This is when raw meat touches anything other than itself. Raw meat has large amounts of bacteria that will make you severely ill if it touches anything else. The meat must be cooked at a certain temperature to kill these germs.
Cooking at appropriate temperatures. all meats have to be cooked at the proper temperature to kill germs. Please click on the chart for more information on cooking temperatures.
Storing food properly, all foods must be refridgerated or frozen. Prepared foods should not sit in the fridge for more than three days. Raw meat should never sit in the fridge longer than 24 hours. It should be stored at the lowest level of the fridge. The fridge must be kept at temperatures of 34-40 degrees F, and frozen should be at 0 degrees F.