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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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What are food borne illnesses?

What are food borne illnesses?

Food makes you sick: Food borne illness are diseases caused by viruses, bacteria or parasites transmitted in the food. E.Coli, norvirus and salmonella are well-known examples. Prevention involves using hygiene in the growing, harvesting and preparation of food as well as safe cooking temperatures and storage after cooking. ...Read more

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Can alcohol protect against food borne illness?

Can alcohol protect against food borne illness?

Food borne illness: No, not unless the food was soaking in the alcohol before consumption. ...Read more

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How common is food borne illness?

How common is food borne illness?

Very: Food saftey is a primary concern for governments and agencies. The public's safety is at hand. Many persons die in the US each year due to food borne illnesses. Buy foods from reputable sources, always check the integrity of containers, wash, wash and re-wash raw fruits and vegetables and use excellent preparation techniques. Be careful with storage of food, preparation of foods and eggs. ...Read more

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Is swine flu related to food poisoning?

Is swine flu related to food poisoning?

No: Diferent symptoms, different set of germs, different mechanism of disease, different means of infection. Swine flu has fever, cough, profound fatigue, transmitted by droplet/respiratory, i.e. Cough, or exposure to virus on surfaces like doorknobs. Food poisoning/gastroenteritis can be viral, bacterial. Usually requires ingestion, but surface exposure can do it too. Wash hands, use purell type. ...Read more

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What precautions for food-borne illness?

What precautions for food-borne illness?

Food borne illnesses: Food either at home or in a restaurant should be hygienically prepared and consumed. Food handlers should not touch food with bare hands, use gloves. All vegetables and meat should be thoroughly washed. Especially in restaurants, if employees use rest rooms, they should be instructed to wash their hands thoroughly. If any of the employees have gastroenteritis, they should not work. ...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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Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Not really: Bird flu is transmitted after contact with infected surfaces - so, if one has contact with infected surfaces then bird flu can be contracted. Having said that - bird flu is exceedingly rare (and hasn't been documented in the western hemisphere at all) and thus you are much more likely to get salmonella or campylobacter (usually causing food poisoning/diarrhea) from uncooked chicken more than flu. ...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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How common is salmonella food poisoning?

How common is salmonella food poisoning?

13.5 per 100000: Incidence of salmonella has gone down in last few years.In 2009, 40000 cases were reported by cdc, that is 13.6 cases per 100000. That is the last stastictic reported. ...Read more

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What foods are most associated with food borne illness?

What foods are most associated with food borne illness?

Food Borne Illness: Meats, sauces, pastries, desserts, and unwashed fruits and vegetables may all be associated with food-bornes illnesses, most commonly "creamy" sauces or pastry fillings. ...Read more

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Are restaurants cause of more food poisoning or homes?

Are restaurants cause of more food poisoning or homes?

Homes: The number of homes versus restaurants and the lack of knowledge of how to correctly prepare and store food would greatly outweight the number of food poisoning in homes. ...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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Could microwaving cooked food cause food poisoning?

Could microwaving cooked food cause food poisoning?

Not likely: It's more likely to prevent it, as microwaves can heat up food to a point such that harmful bacteria or their toxins are inactivated/killed. There is a rare chance if you are using non-microwave safe dishes, that microwaving could lead to toxic substances leaching into your food which could cause gastrointestinal upset/food poisoning. ...Read more

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What can consumers do to protect their familes from foodborne illness?

Wash, cook: All fresh fruits and vegs eaten raw should be washed thoroughly. Person preparing food should wash hands and use clean knife and cutting board. Meat should be properly stored, raw meats should be prepared by heating to the advised temperature. Eggs should not be consumed raw. ...Read more

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What are some topics of interest relating to food safety?

Very Broad question: What information are you seeking? Food safety can relate to packaging, bacterial contamination like listeria or salmonella, genetically modified foods, organic versus non organic, storage, packaged versus fresh. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you constantly violate food safety guidelines?

Illness, toxicity: These guidelines are to ensure that food is fresh, tasty, not infected or toxic. Violation of these may be innocent, but could lead to certain sicknesses, some in fact lethal and could also disturb the taste of the food. The guidelines are not there by accident. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can importation and certification relates to food safety?

Can you tell me how can importation and certification relates to food safety?

New FDA act: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act requires that certain imported foods meet US standards. See: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm257980.htm ...Read more

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All summer long I eat only food from local farmers market. If I go out of town and eat at even nice restaturants I get symptoms. Is that foodborne illness?

All summer long I eat only food from local farmers market. If I go out of town and eat at even nice restaturants I get symptoms. Is that foodborne illness?

What symptoms? : Depends on what your symptoms are. It could be travel related but not necessarily food borne or illness. If your diet changes when you travel, you may be exposed to something to which you are intolerant like gluten or lactose? Perhaps you have allergies? Stress or lack of sleep from travel and commitments? Exposure to contagious illness e.g. On airplanes? Many possibilities. ...Read more

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What kinds of food are most likely to cause foodborne illness?

What kinds of food are most likely to cause foodborne illness?

All kinds: Cooking kills many micro-organisms that cause disease so in general cooked foods are safer than raw. But cooking doesn't destroy the toxins behind some food poisoning so even that isn't 100% protection. Animals harbor many disease-causing bacteria in their waste so non-animal food products are in general safer but many farms have animals around their veggie gardens so nothing is 100% safe! ...Read more

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How does importation and certification relates to food safety in the us?

FSMA: The food safety modernization act addresses issues with imported food safety by holding all in the global food chain responsible and accountable for their products. Read more here: http://www.Fda.Gov/food/guidanceregulation/fsma/ucm247559.Htm. ...Read more

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Where do I find credible food safety information?

FDA: This falls under the purview of the food and drug administration. ...Read more

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A foodborne illness is a disease that is transmitted to people by food and water, right? So what if I drink shots of tequila with meals?

A foodborne illness is a disease that is transmitted to people by food and water, right? So what if I drink shots of tequila with meals?

You get drunk: While alcohol is a disinfectant and does kill germs and while there is some evidence that drinking alcohol with raw oysters lessens one's risk of getting disease, i wouldn't count on it as a method to avoid food-poisoning. You'd have to drink so much to kill bacteria that you'd be drunk and lot's of food poisoning involves a toxin from bacteria which isn't killed by heat or alcohol! ...Read more

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What's biggest cause of foodborne illness in the u.S.?

Several: In the summer, the major cause is food spoilage such as when a mayonnaise based potatoe salad gets warmed in the sun and then is eaten. The other major cause is contamination from improper processing or from improper hand washing and hygiene from food handlers. These can lead to salmonella poisoning, hepatitis or e coli infestation. ...Read more

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What can consumers do to protect their familes from foodborne illness?

Wash, cook: All fresh fruits and vegs eaten raw should be washed thoroughly. Person preparing food should wash hands and use clean knife and cutting board. Meat should be properly stored, raw meats should be prepared by heating to the advised temperature. Eggs should not be consumed raw. ...Read more

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The incidence of foodborne illness is rising because of all the foreign imports, right?

Not necessarily: Food borne illnesses are just as likely associated with home grown foods as imported ones. ...Read more

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How does foodborne illness effect the digestion?

Slows or prevents.: Two types of illness: intoxication- a preformed toxin affects your gut. Infection- organism in food actually infects lining of gut. Both result in temporary disruption of ability to digest food and absorb nutrients. Most 1st world illness is short lived and mild. Some can be severe. Persistent symptoms, elderly, recent antibiotics, severe abd pain or blood in stool should prompt eval. ...Read more

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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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What are the chances of getting a foodborne illness from raw grassfed beef?

Higher than cooked: Cooking destroys many disease causing micro-organisms so your chances are higher with raw beef than cooked. Cooking does not destroy some toxins associated with food-poisoning so if the beef was not properly processed and refrigerated prior to cooking, so it's not 100%. Grassfed implies the cow was not crowded in a feedlot but even that may be misleading. Buyer beware! ...Read more

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Can foodborne illness kill someone elderly?

Definitely - yes: Especiallly bacterial types. Examples: salmonellosis entero- hemorrhagic e coli (o157) campylobacteriosis listeriosis. ...Read more

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What bacteria may have been asssociated with latest foodborne illness?

What bacteria may have been asssociated with latest foodborne illness?

Food borne illness: Some of the bacteria causing food borne illnesses are bacillus cereus, staph, salmonella, vibrio cholera, clostridium perfingenes, recent one e.Coli etc. ...Read more

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Is the avian flu a foodborne illness?

No: Avian flu is an airborne disease. You must breathe it in. It attacks the lungs. ...Read more

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