People infected with food-borne organisms may be symptom-free or may have symptoms ranging from mild intestinal discomfort to severe dehydration and bloody diarrhea. Food poisoning and food-borne illnesses outbreaks have become common throughout the United States. A recent Listeria outbreak caused by contaminated spinach dip affected Florida Publix stores. The recall affects 16-ounce containers of spinach dip sold at the deli department of Puplix stores in Florida.
Listeria, also known as listeriosis, poses a particular risk for children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. For pregnant women, illness from Listeria bacteria can cause miscarriages and still births. Depending on the type of food-borne illness, people can even die as a result of food poisoning. That is why it is very important to take steps to prevent food poisoning:
Make sure that food from animal sources (meat, dairy, eggs) is cooked thoroughly or pasteurized. Using a food-safe thermometer is recommended.
Avoid eating raw or undercooked meats and eggs. Check expiration dates on meats before purchasing and again before preparing.
Keep juices or drippings from raw meat, poultry, shellfish, or eggs from contaminating other foods.
Wash your hands, cutting boards, and knives with antibacterial soap and warm to hot water after handling raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs.
Cook foods until they are steaming hot, especially leftover foods or ready-to-eat foods, such as hot dogs, before eating.
An Orlando injury attorney can provide guidance if you have suffered due to a food poisoning outbreak.