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Doctor insights on: Food Contamination Outbreaks

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What contributes to foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants?

What contributes to foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants?

Poor hand hygiene: The biggest offender is poor hand hygiene. Other major ones: 2. Violating regulations in the safe handling and storage of food 3. Food handlers allowed to work while having a contagious illness 4. Breakdown in following regulations in the production and distribution of food products. ...Read more

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Can cooking e coli contaminated food kill the bacteria?

Can cooking e coli contaminated food kill the bacteria?

Yes, proper cooking: Thoroughly cooking foods, and proper food-safety habits, kills e. Coli bacteria. The "bad" e. Coli in food poisoning at first causes intestinal symptoms such as diarrhea. If it goes on to damage the blood and the kidneys, more organs get affected, and skin rashes looking like tiny blood spots or like bruises can appear. This second, serious stage of the illness is called hemolytic uremic syndrome. ...Read more

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Can Lasa virus be killed through contaminated cooking food?

Can Lasa virus be killed through contaminated cooking food?

Lassa fever dangers: This disease is dangerous -and is transmitted by 'dust' or aerosols. Mice/rats contaminate food supplies and then you have the issue of what to do with the food that's contaminated. The best thing, I believe, would be to throw it all out, since you don't want to create dust or aerosols while cooking. It's infectious after all. Technically boiling temps kill the virus, but is it worth the risk? ...Read more

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How are outbreaks of food borne disease detected?

How are outbreaks of food borne disease detected?

Health Department: Usually suspected outbreaks of foodborne illness are reported to the local health department who can then carry out an investigation. Sometimes health care providers make the report, sometimes the general public does. ...Read more

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Is food poisoning contagious?

Is food poisoning contagious?

No: By definition a contagious illness is one where a type of infection you are experiencing or carrying is transmitted to another. Getting food poisoning requires that food was ingested and was the cause of the illness. Not something transmitted from one to another. ...Read more

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Could anthrax spread by consuming cooked infected meat?

Could anthrax spread by consuming cooked infected meat?

Not if well cooked.: Anthrax spores are harder to kill than usual bacteria. However, if the meat was well done, it not likely to be infective. ...Read more

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How to avoid contracting food poisioning from Restaurants and Takeaways ?

How to avoid contracting food poisioning from Restaurants and Takeaways ?

Wrong forum: There is no answer to this question other than not to eat in such places. Perhaps you can contact your public health officials where you live for a list of questionable places in your community. ...Read more

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Could a raw food / juicing diet stop frequent cold sore outbreaks?

Could a raw food / juicing diet stop frequent cold sore outbreaks?

It could be one: Factor to assist with reducing cold sores. Juicing fresh organic vegetables with fruits can be incredibly healthy. In addition wash hands often. Maintain a healthful lifestyle (regular exercise, adequate sleep, keeping stress at bay). Keep lips well moisturized ; apply sun screen to the areas that your cold sores normally pop up. Talk with your physician about supplementing with lysine. ...Read more

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Will cigarette toxins contaminate food?

Will cigarette toxins contaminate food?

It depends: If the cigarettes are being ground up and placed in the food, it could contaminate it. Cigarettes being smoked could make the food less palatable due to odor -- but less likely to directly contaminate. Smoking while preparing food in restaurants may not comply with food safety regulations. ...Read more

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Is food poisoning from frozen food common?

Is food poisoning from frozen food common?

Yes: It's not uncommon. It's probably less likely then fresh foods to cause food poisoning, but frozen food can absolutely cause food poisoning. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/news/20100618/frozen-meals-linked-to-salmonella-outbreak freezing won't kill all bacteria. It will slow growth of bacteria, but if the food is already infected for example before it's frozen you'll get sick. ...Read more

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Can eating strawberries contribute to outbreaks of rashes or food poisoning?

Can eating strawberries contribute to outbreaks of rashes or food poisoning?

Yes: A strawberry allergy may take on the symptoms of any food allergy. These include swelling, especially in the face, legs and arms, itchiness, shortness of breath and wheezing, congestion, mouth rash, coughing, throat tightness, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and fainting. A common allergic reaction to strawberries is hives. These are itchy bumps on the skin that can be painful and irritating. ...Read more

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Is outbreak of autism in somali refugees linked to their eating gm relief foods?

Is outbreak of autism in somali refugees linked to their eating gm relief foods?

Hard to say: There are increasing data that point to gene alterations in those with autism that can originate in the egg or sperm prior to fertilization.What would cause that to happen and what the timing would be is an unstudied area. Over the next decade or two we may find a definite source, but for now we remain lost. The shift from early childhood to prenatal or pre-conception exposures is most confusing. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent food poisoning after eating contaminated food?

Is there a way to prevent food poisoning after eating contaminated food?

Not possible: The definition of food poisoning can be difficult since there are many possible causes for GI illness related to contaminated foods, some of which are related to preformed toxins from bacteria, some to the bacteria themselves, some to toxic materials in the food products. If you develop symptoms be sure and remember what you ate and when and where. Good luck. ...Read more

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What food products were previously recalled due to a listeriosis outbreak?

What food products were previously recalled due to a listeriosis outbreak?

Many: Listeria is often found on raw vegetables, unpasturized milk and cheeses, fresh, frozen, and processed chicken and beef at supermarkets and delicatessens. Widespread outbreaks have been caused by contaminated coldslaw, milk, soft cheeses, butter, pate, pork, trout, hot dogs and deli turkey, turky dogs and alfalfa tablets. 11% of all refridgerator food items are contaminated with listeria. ...Read more

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How does food get contaminated by gastroenteritis viruses?

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How does food get contaminated by gastroenteritis viruses?

Poor sanitation: Many gastrointestinal viruses are transmitted via the fecal-oral route, so poor sanitation and/or poor food handling techniques can lead to contamination of foods (such as a cook having viruses on his hands after leaving the restroom). Also, the viruses are transmitted on door handles, furniture, keyboards, elevator buttons, phones, stair railings; and by shaking hands, changing diapers, etc... ...Read more

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Does pasteurization prevent food poisoning?

Does pasteurization prevent food poisoning?

Yes and no. : Pasteurization will kill off many pathogens but they will come back if the food is not stored properly after pasteurization. ...Read more

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