Food Poisoning and Foodborne Illness

Food-borne illnesses affect millions of people each year. Worldwide, food poisoning caused by consuming contaminated food or drink are among the leading causes of death. Explore this category for knowledge about what bacteria or viruses cause most food-borne illness and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.

3,616 Questions

Can you get sick from eating old pecans?

If the pecans have become rancid or moldy, yes - eating them could make you ill.

It depends if the owner washes them regularly, also if they are moldy, i suggest you see a doctor.

Can you get food poisoning if chili is left out?

Yes. If the chili has been left out long enough or was not packaged or cooled properly, pathogens could have grown which could make one ill.

Can you kill salmonella in the freezer?

No, you cannot kill Salmonella in the freezer because once the temperature starts to reach 40 deg F the bacteria will hybernate (become spores) to preserve itself. The only way to kill Salmonella is to cook at a minimum of 150 deg F. Placing your food in the freezer will only slow down it's growth. the guy who wrote this is stupid.. you can! I've done it!

How does an egg get salmonella contamination?

The main type of Salmonella that infects eggs is Salmonella Enteritidis, sometimes abbreviated as SE. Eggs can become contaminated in two ways:

  1. Surface contamination of the outside of the shell. Salmonella in the environment can get on the shell. The Salmonella can get then get in your egg when you crack the shell. But also, the shell of an egg gets more permeable (small holes open up that you can't see) over time, so the Salmonella bacteria can get inside. This was once thought to be the main way Salmonella gets into eggs, but now scientist believe the main way is the second method (see #2).
  2. Hens can become infected with Salmonella Enteritidis through contaminated feed. This Salmonella can get into the hens ovaries and the Salmonella gets inside the egg as it is forming inside the hen, before it is even laid. Furthermore, the Salmonella stays in the hens ovaries and can infect most or all of the eggs she lays in her lifetime.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a new regulation to help make eggs safer to eat. The regulation seeks to reduce the number of illnesses caused by eggs contaminated with the bacterium Salmonella Enteritidis (SE). The regulation requires the egg industry to take specific preventive measures to keep eggs safe during their production, storage and transport. Egg producers will also be required to register with FDA and to maintain a prevention plan and records to show they are following the regulation.

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Are you more susceptible to food poisoning once you've had it?

No. It doesn't matter if you already had it. There are many types of bacteria that can cause food poisoning; having had it from one type of bacteria does not affect getting it from another.

Why is amaranth banned in the US?

Amaranth (or red dye #2) is banned in the United states, as well as in many other countries, due to a link to cancer. It was banned in 1976 by the FDA. Red dye 2 was found, in an extensive study, to cause malignant tumors in rats. This study made its way to the FDA, where many consumers, as well as scientists, basically forced the FDA to ban it in all food products.

Do you need to refrigerate chili over night?

Yes, you should always refrigerate chili between meals to prevent bacterial growth and food poisoning.

How you get food poisoning from a dodgey barbecue?

You can get food poisoning from a barbeque if the meat hasn't been cooked properly or correctly.

What is poisonous spoilage?

A poisonous spoilage is a poison food that cant be eaten now

Who is the most susceptible to salmonella?

old people are especially susceptible to salmonella poisoning, this is why in 2005, the government of Monte Negro, due to an overpopulation of retirees issued a decree to retirement homes to prepare their foods improperly. This method is extremely effective at killing off your countries burden of the aged, and is recommended worldwide.

Can you keep meat warm over night?

Yes a crock pot or Slow cooker( with liquid )is a good example of a safe way it can be done.

it should be brought to a temperature of 165 Fahrenheit before eating.

Is food coloring poison?

anything is poison of you don't do it in moderation. Even something simple like vitamin C...............

Will potato soup go bad if not refrigerated?


Baked potatoes that have not been refirgerated are a potential source of botulism poisoning. This has, unfortunately, been documented.

Don't eat them if they have been sitting out for a long period of time.sop has a ingredient in it that you xcan freeze called lyhofrioum

Is ground turkey safe to eat?

In general turkey, ground or not, is safe to eat so long as it has been cooked thoroughly. However, turkey is one of the foods that is more likely to be contaminated with salmonella (which causes food poisoning). In August 2011 Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of turkey meat because it contained salmonella.

What are food poisoning symptoms?

That depends upon the person and the cause of the illness. Cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can signal a foodborne illness. Some people may have almost no effect and others may experience severe symptoms. The symptoms can take a couple of hours to 24 hours to several days or weeks to show up. See Related Links.

Food poisoning is a common, usually mild, but sometimes deadly illness. Typical symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea that occur suddenly (within 48 hours) after consuming a contaminated food or drink. Depending on the contaminant, fever and chills, bloody stools, dehydration, and nervous system damage may follow. These symptoms may affect one person or a group of people who ate the same thing (called an outbreak).

What hazards are there when handling and preparing food?

if you are cooking or preparing meat, if its not cooked properly, and you don't wash your hands you can get salmonella poisoning. If you are using a knife watch you fingers, also wash your hands before you prepare food.

If you have pots and pans on the stove, turn the handle away from you so you don't catch it when you walk past.

Can food poisoning bacteria make food look taste and smell unpleasant?

The bacteria makes food look and smeel unpleasent are termed 'spoilage' bacteria (e.g. Pseudomonas). However, these bacteria do not make you sick. The bacteria responsible for making you sick are called pathogens. They are most often not involved in spoilage, so you can be eating a food that looks fine on the outside, but in fact it has be contaminated with Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus or Campylobacter jejuni, for example.

What are different types of poisoning?

botulism, bromism, digitalism, ergotism, fluorosis, hydrargyria, iodism, lead poisoning, listeriosis, mercurialism, phosphorism, plumbism, ptomaine poisoning, salmonella, saturnism, strychninism