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Do Not Eat These Foods, Warns Food Poisoning Expert

We all know that certain types of foods are more likely to carry dangerous bacteria than others. This is why we take certain food preparation and storage rules so seriously, such as cooking chicken until it is well done and washing leafy vegetables like spinach and kale thoroughly before using them. A recent piece published on you.co.az contained an interview with food safety advocate Bill Marler, who listed the foods he refuses to eat because of the risk of food poisoning they pose. His list of foods to avoid included the following:

Raw Meat

A rare, juicy steak can be delicious, but it can also be dangerous. Marler said that he does not eat steak that has not been cooked to at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit because below this temperature, steak can contain dangerous bacteria like E.coli.

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Foodborne Illness Can be Found in Food Replacements, Too

When you are on a diet or looking to bulk up, you might choose to replace or supplement your meals with nutrition shakes. You probably never think that you are exposed to hazards by consuming these shakes but the truth is, you can be. Recently, a man in Otero County and ten others reported falling ill from Garden of Life Raw Meal Organic Shake and Meal products. These cases were caused by Salmonella virchow, a strain of salmonella that can cause individuals to become ill.

Salmonella virchow and other types of bacteria can cause food poisoning, which can lead to significant damages for an affected individual. If you have suffered from food poisoning because of another party's failure to properly clean, store, transport, or prepare food, you could be entitled to monetary compensation for these damages. Work with an experienced food poisoning attorney to get started on your case.

Recall of the Shake Mix

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Five More Food Poisoning Outbreaks that Made America Sick in 2015

As we move into 2016, it is important that we do not forget the food poisoning outbreaks that caused so many of us to become ill last year. When we forget about previous health scares, we tend to become lax with food safety and put ourselves in a position to become ill again. Be vigilant this year by understanding how dangerous bacteria spreads, how it grows, and how you can reduce your risk of falling ill from food poisoning.

Take note of one of the recurring themes in the list below: salmonella. Salmonella poisoning can be especially pervasive because it can be found in a large variety of food products. Protect yourself and your family from salmonella poisoning by practicing safe food handling techniques.

Sushi Tuna Salmonella Outbreak

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Three Ways Food Poisoning Can Change Your Life

Usually, food poisoning resolves itself within a few days or a week. After eating a contaminated food product, you might experience some unpleasant symptoms and have to miss a day or two of work but generally, these effects are fairly short-lived. However, not everyone is so lucky.
Pregnant women, the elderly, individuals with weakened immune systems, and young children can face far more severe health complications caused by food poisoning. If you are a member of one of these groups or a parent of a young child, be mindful of the ways that food poisoning can become a life-altering illness for you or your child.

Your Kidneys Could Fail

Hemolytic uremic syndrome is a condition that occurs when the red blood cells are damaged prematurely and they kidneys become overburdened by the process of discarding them. This is perhaps the most serious health complication that can occur as a result of food poisoning. Hemolytic uremic syndrome is linked to E.coli, which can be transmitted to humans through contaminated meat or contact with the feces of an infected human or animal.

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Understanding the Gravity of Food Poisoning

A recent report by Michigan State University discusses exactly how damaging food poisoning can be. In many cases, food poisoning can cause a victim to suffer significant health problems or even die if it is left untreated. This is why it is so important that you seek medical care for your illness as soon as you begin to feel the symptoms of food poisoning. Although food poisoning can often resolve itself within a few days, it can sometimes become a serious illness. This is especially true for individuals with weakened immune systems such as the elderly, infants and young children, and pregnant women.

It can be difficult to trace food poisoning to a specific source. To make it easier to determine when and how you became ill, try to remember what you ate within the 24-48 hour period before your symptoms began to appear. If you ate with others, ask them if they are experiencing any similar symptoms to narrow down the cause of your illness. If your food poisoning was caused by another party's failure to safely store, prepare, or clean food, you can potentially recover compensation for your losses through a personal injury claim.

Some of the more severe complications of food poisoning that a victim can potentially suffer include the following:

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