Tuesday, November 22, 2011

FDA Consumer Updates - Food Safety Tips for Healthy Holidays

FDA Consumer Updates; Food Safety Tips for Healthy Holidays:

"Parties, family dinners, and other gatherings where food is served are all part of the holiday cheer. But the merriment can change to misery if food makes you or others ill.

Typical symptoms of foodborne illness are vomiting, diarrhea, and flu-like symptoms, which can start anywhere from hours to days after contaminated food or drinks are consumed.

The symptoms usually are not long-lasting in healthy people—a few hours or a few days—and usually go away without medical treatment. But foodborne illness can be severe and even life-threatening to anyone, especially those most at risk:
- older adults
- infants and young children
- pregnant women
- people with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or any condition that weakens their immune system
- people who take medicines that suppress the immune system; for example, some medicines for rheumatoid arthritis

Combating bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other contaminants in our food supply is a high priority for the Food and Drug Administration. But consumers have a role to play, too, especially when it comes to safe food-handling practices in the home."

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Dave Velasco said...

Everyone really needs to have a proper knowledge, and understanding of how to prepare food and how to handle it effectively and safely. We could actually all get our own food hygiene training if we want to, so that we can be assure of the safety precautions and standards on cooking, preparing and serving food.

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