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The Dangers of Food Poisoning

Imagine going to a beautiful restaurant and eating a delicious meal. However, hours to a couple days later, you are suffering from anything from severe diarrhea to even hallucinations, depending on the source of the toxin. Food poisoning can be caused by bacteria, parasites, and viruses that can leave you feeling sick and weak.

The most common causes of food poisoning include:

  • Salmonella
  • Listeriosis
  • Botulism
  • Shigellosis
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Marine toxins

While the symptoms can vary depending on the source, the most common signs of food poisoning include diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and fever.

Food can become contaminated with poisons at many different points in the course of traveling from its source to your table. Thus, next time you are suffering from a “stomach bug,” chances are that it’s actually a mild bout of food poisoning. Edibles can adopt a harmful bacteria, parasite, or virus from their growing environment, improper food handling, and unsafe processing.

There are three main rules that you can follow to help protect yourself from food poisoning. First, wash all of your produce thoroughly. Dirt can often carry contaminants, and produce that is grown in or on the ground can pick up these toxins. Second, keep all of your ingredients separate in the kitchen. This doesn’t mean that you can’t mix things; just don’t let your washed vegetables touch raw meat, etc. Lastly, make sure that all of your food items, especially raw meats, are completely cooked before consumption.

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While you can take steps to protect yourself from food poisoning in your own home, you can’t always be sure of the way your food was processed or handled in restaurants or other such situations. If you or someone you know has suffered from food poisoning due to mishandled food, you should consult a personal injury attorney about your rights.

For more information regarding contaminated food products and other forms of product liability law, contact a Wisconsin personal injury attorney at the firm of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling 800-242-2874.

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