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Food Poisoning (cont.)

How can food poisoning be prevented?

Prevention of food poisoning is possible. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published ways to prevent food poisoning and included links to videos:

  • CLEAN: Wash your hands and surfaces often. Germs can survive in many places around your kitchen, including your hands, utensils, and cutting boards.
  • Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running water and always follow the rules of food safety.
  • SEPARATE: Don't cross-contaminate. Even after you've cleaned your hands and surfaces thoroughly, raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can still spread germs to ready-to-eat foods - unless you keep them separate. Watch the SEPARATE video!
  • COOK: Cook to the right temperature. While many people think they can tell when food is "done" simply by checking its color and texture, there's no way to be sure it's safe without following a few important but simple steps. Use a food thermometer to ensure that foods are cooked to a safe internal temperature: 145 F (62.77 C) for whole meats (allowing the meat to rest for 3 minutes before carving or consuming), 160 F (71.11 C) for ground meats, and 165 F (73.89 C) for all poultry. Watch the COOK video!
  • CHILL: Keep your refrigerator below 40 F (4.44 C) and refrigerate foods properly. Germs can grow in many foods within 2 hours unless you refrigerate them. (During the summer heat, cut that time down to 1 hour.)

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What is the prognosis for a person with food poisoning?

Most cases of food poisoning in the U.S. have good outcomes because they usually resolve quickly and have no complications. However, in some instances, a person may have severe symptoms and the outcome may range from good to poor, depending on the person's food poisoning agent and their response to treatment.

The prognosis for common food poisoning (viral, bacterial) in developing countries is guarded especially for children and the elderly as they often have other health conditions that weaken them and sometimes have little or no access to pathogen-free foods or water.


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Gamarra, R. "Food Poisoning." Medscape. Jun 26, 2015,

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/13/2015

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