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

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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Foodborne Illness (Definition)

Foodborne illness (food poisoning) = illness due to ingesting contaminated food, spoiled food, toxins ...Read more


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Can you die from foodborne illness?

Can you die from foodborne illness?

Usually not: Most foodborne illness causes intestinal uproar with acute diarrhea and sometimes practically living in the bathroom until the offending agents pass. A few can cause systemic illness such as salmonella and e coli most of which are treatable but a few if neglected can lead to kidney failure or other serious problems. Hepatitis is also transmissible with food and is serious. ...Read more

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What is the biggest cause of foodborne illness?

Salmonella: Nontyphoidal Salmonellosis is the leading cause of food borne disease in the United States. ...Read more

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In us what is the most common foodborne illness?

E coli: The most common contaminants of foods usually comes from e. Coli. Most of the outbreaks have come in areas where the water has been contaminated by cattle. This has happened in this country as well as in mexico. Good cleaning of your food will help but we need better preventative measures for our food sources. ...Read more

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What symptoms make you think of foodborne illness?

What symptoms make you think of foodborne illness?

GI signs: Usually it is an illness with diarrhea, vomitting but also includes things like hepatitis as well. ...Read more

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The biggest cause of foodborne illness is what bug?

The biggest cause of foodborne illness is what bug?

Foodborne illnesses: Each locale has its own "biggest cause of foodborne illness." outbreaks may involve bacteria (salmonella, shigella, c.Perfringens, c.Botulinum, b.Cereus, v.Parahaemolyticus, campylobacter, staph aureus), virus (norwalk, hepatitis a), chemical (ciguatoxin, scobrotoxin, mushrooms, heavy metals), water contamination (giardia, s.Typhi), others. Watch out for "traveller's diarrhea" (especially etec). ...Read more

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What is the biggest cause of foodborne illness is?

Staph- e. coli: According to the government, the most common cause of food poisoning are from staph infections and from E. Coli infections. More than 250 different diseases can cause food poisoning. Some of the most common diseases are infections caused by bacteria, such as Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli O157:H7, Viruses such as Norwalk also can cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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When a woman has foodborne illness, what does it mean?

Food poisoning: Food can carry certain bacteria that can make you sick. ...Read more

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How does treating foodborne illness mess up your body?

How does treating foodborne illness mess up your body?

Foodborne illness: You can wait it out with no treatment as it's self-limited. If you take an antibiotic, you are exposed to potential side effects. Allergy, vaginitis in women, nausea are common side effects. Pepto-bismal is often used with very few side effects. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Foodborne illness?

What is the definition or description of: Foodborne illness?

Foodborne illness: Foodborne illness (food poisoning) = illness due to ingesting contaminated food, spoiled food, toxins in food or pathogens. ...Read more

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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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What can I do at home to help protect us from foodborne illness?

Some simple things-: 1. Wash your hands thoroughly before meal prep and after touching your face or using the toilet. 2.Eliminate cross-contamination of meat juices (eg cutting boards, mixing raw/cooked items, storing raw items over cooked ones) 3. Cooking and storing food at their appropriate temperatures. 4. When in doubt, don't eat the food item in question. ...Read more

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What could consumers do to protect themselves from foodborne illness?

CDC website: There's lots of good information on the cdc website (www. Cdc. Gov) under "food safety" (f tab). ...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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What hazards at commercial produce farms may have been asssociated with this foodborne illness?

What hazards at commercial produce farms may have been asssociated with this foodborne illness?

E coli: The most common contaminants of foods usually comes from e. Coli. Most of the outbreaks have come in areas where the water has been contaminated by cattle. This has happened in this country as well as in mexico. Good cleaning of your food will help but we need better preventative measures for our food sources. ...Read more

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A foodborne illness is a disease that is transmitted to people from big commercial farms, right?

No: Foodborne illness is a disease that is transmitted to people from their food and unfortunately most of these diseases are caused by either improper food preparation or storage, so we consumers are the most to blame not big commercial farms. Wash produce, clean your kitchen and hands, don't mix raw animal and vegetable products, cook according to directions and store in refrigerator! ...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?

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
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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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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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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 is the foodborne illness red tide? Bama jam?

What is the foodborne illness red tide? Bama jam?

Algae Blood: Red tide refers to an algal bloom that accumulates rapidly some associated with the production of natural toxins, depletion of dissolved oxygen or other harmful effects, generally described as harmful algal blooms. Humans can become seriously ill from eating oysters and other shellfish contaminated with red tide toxin. Not all are red and not all vary with the tides. ...Read more

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How can I prevent foodborne illness with colloidal silver?

You can't: Colloidal silver is a much-hyped, cynical health fraud. It has some use as a topical skin antibiotic in extreme situations such as burns. The promotion has caused deaths from brain damage and has turned plenty of people a permanent blue. Follow evidence-based, common-sense guidelines to prevent foodborne illness instead, and good luck. ...Read more

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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has foodborne illness?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has foodborne illness?

Disease from food: A food-borne illness is any illness that is "caught" from eating a food. Examples include serious illnesses like botulism and certain e. Coli. Infections to relatively minor illnesses such as diarrhea from food-poisoning. ...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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Please tell my teen this is how to get real sick (foodborne illness) = eat from street vendors. Am I right?

No: Sorry, it's not always true. Street vendors may or may not be licensed. Those that are have to pass inspections just as stringent as restaurants. Most cases of food-borne illness occur from eating home-cooked meals. Are you going to tell your teen not to eat at home? The take-home message is know your food sources, prepare and store hygienically and cook appropriately. ...Read more

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To have fresh eggs and prevent making yourself sick (no foodborne illness) am thinking of raising hens in back yard. Do I need rooster also?

No: Chickens will lay eggs even without a rooster but the eggs are not fertile. Why are you asking a doctor this kind of question? You'll have better luck asking a farmer! ...Read more

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Is the avian flu a foodborne illness?

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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Anyone know how to prevent foodborne illness like traveller's diarrhea in se asia?

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Anyone know how to prevent foodborne illness like traveller's diarrhea in se asia?

Universal....: ...Precautions include bottled water, no ice unless made with safe water, thorough cooking of food and eat it while still hot, no salads, no street vendors, peel fruits yourself, no unpasteurized dairy products. Antibiotics are not recommended for prevention. Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) taken 3 times a day can prevent to a certain extent. ...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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Is the avian flu a foodborne illness or how do you catch it?

Is the avian flu a foodborne illness or how do you catch it?

No, airborne: It is transmitted through contamination of air. Transmission from birds to humans requires close contact with infected birds. Properly cooked chicken meat does not transmit bird flu. ...Read more

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When I was little mom always cooked the life out of porkchops. Can I still get a foodborne illness from undercooked pork?

Undercooked pork: Yes, you can. Viruses such as hepatitis e, bacteria such as e. Coli o157, and (still) parasitic diseases such as pork tapeworm and trichinellosis can be harbored by raw pork. ...Read more

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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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What is the definition of food borne disease?

Food poisoning: Food poisoning is illness related to ingestion of food/liquids that may be contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or toxins. Symptoms of food poisoning may include nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain/ cramping, fever and diarrhea. ...Read more