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Food Poisoning - Tips for prevention and treatment of Salmonella, E.coli and other bacteria.

Sunday, September 19, 2010
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Food Poisoning – Prevention, the need of the hour.
Recently, 170.4 million eggs distributed to stores in 14 states in the US were recalled for salmonella poisoning.

This time the recall was eggs, but in the past it’s been hamburgers, or chicken or spinach in Califormia, or prepared foods on cruise ships sailing the Bahamas, or at a large wedding banquet hall in Bangalore seating 1000 where it was found that food servers with contaminated hands were to blame.

We have a food poisoning problem!



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27 September, 2010 | Shakira | Reply

Shakira Hey Everybody did you know that the most contaminated or the day to day articles that harbour maximum germs are
1.The kitchen dish rag.
2.A persons mobile.
3.The key board of the computer to name a few.
The first you can throw or disinfect what about the last two?

22 September, 2010 | ramesh | Reply

ramesh Good to note that few examples shared about hygine helps lot of people whose taste buds are quite active. There was news paper info a fortnight ago in Bangalore that few lab doctors and Technicians fell ill with omitting etc.. due to their eating Panipuries just outside the lab daily. They could find in their microbiological tests that Footpath pani puri's, with Pani and hot boiled channa contain all those bacterias which are normally found in human stool and urine due to airy dust particules having countless dry but live bacterias sitting on such food/liquid stuffs in footpath shops just due to few vehicles movement closely.

27 September, 2010 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy While eating out, we have to make sure that the food that we are eating is prepared and served in a very hygienic place, the plates and silverware are washed and heat dried and also the personnel working in the kitchen and service are following a very good personal hygiene factors. These minimizes the contamination of food to a large extent i.e contamination from external sources.

21 September, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar 2 common food poisoning contaminants that have found there way in many food canteens are cockroaches (roaches) and lizards. Newspapers have carried many incidents where they find dead lizards or roaches in the food, when masses complained of nausea & vomiting or severe bouts of abdominal pain and diarrhea. Sad our food handlers are so irresponsible. They should be behind bars not just penalised or licence with drawn.

20 September, 2010 | Mridula | Reply

Mridula A month ago several of us friends ate at a Pizza place and the next monrning 3 of my friends came down with severe cramping, vomiting and loose motions that lasted 2 days.
I, my husband and another friend did not have any problem.
We all ate the same food. We had ordered 3 different pies and some garlic bread.
How is that possible? Can some people have ability to fight off bacteria infections.
Could it have been salmonella or something?

This was a decent Pizza restaurant.

21 September, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Dear Mridula as Sangeetha said it depends on each one `s immune system. As you were many of you, you must have ordered a number of pies/garlic bread collectively. It could be that the pie/bread the 3 of them ate in particular, was contaminated,was very stale or their food handler was unhygienic.

21 September, 2010 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy Dear Mridula,

You are right, some individual's immune system can be stronger than the other people. It could also be that either their pizza or pie was not well cooked or the person who handled their food did not follow good hygiene. Last but not the least, it could be water, probably they consumed water that was contaminated. The culprit could be anything, milk and diary product, undercooked meat and chicken, water, food handler, unhygienic plates and silverware etc etc.

Thanks for the query.

21 September, 2010 | Mridula | Reply

Mridula Well, we had shared the same food.
I felt awful, as my friends were quite unwell those two days.
I guess my system is built stronger - which is a good thing.
We haven't gone back to that restaurant again.

20 September, 2010 | Kanika Jain | Reply

Kanika Jain Though recent massive egg recall in the US has put both eggs as well as salmonella into limelight but there are many other microbes out there, invading different kind of foods (and water too) which can possibly make us victims of food poisoning. Prevention is always better than cure. Simple steps like safe food- handling, cooking and serving and drinking clean water can prevent many cases food borne illness.

20 September, 2010 | Vaishnavi Mishra | Reply

Vaishnavi Mishra Follow a simple mantra to avoid food poisoning - WHEN IN DOUBT THROW IT OUT. If you find anything wrong with the food just throw it. I am sure it can prevent lot of cases of food poisoning. Also, make it a habit to wash hands thoroughly before cooking as well as eating food.

21 September, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Dear Vaishnavi a very apt suggestion, but most often these episodes happen because either somebody overlooks or disregards a problem deliberately as it could lead to a lot of loss or got careless.At the home front or where people are more concerned about health than profits, yes, what you say is absolutely correct,take no chances.

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