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A 17-year-old male asked:

can you get food poisioning from eating pre - packed salami ? i's it high risk ?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Why do you ask?: Is there a reported food poisoning outbreak where you live? In your community? Have they recalled the salami you ate? Are you feeling symptoms? Your question is way too ambiguous to give you a specific yes or no answer.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
It's possible, but..: ...you can get food poisoning from ANY food--why pick on salami? Your limited information does not provide a context for symptom onset, severity, or duration. Especially if distress persists, or is accompanied by bleeding, worsening pain, lightheadedness, or development of vomiting or fever, then get a good examination with appropriate testing for reassurance and/or treatment.
Dr. David Krulak
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Low risk: Assuming the meat was purchased for a reputable market that has quality cold chain management, and you store it properly at home, then bad prepackaged meat is low risk. Not saying impossible, just unlikely.

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