Food poisoning prevention

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This article explains safe ways to prepare and store food to prevent food poisoning. It includes tips about what foods to avoid, eating out, and traveling.

TIPS FOR COOKING OR PREPARING FOOD:

TIPS FOR STORING FOOD:

MORE TIPS FOR PREVENTING FOOD POISONING:

TIPS FOR EATING OUT SAFELY:

TIPS FOR TRAVELING WHERE CONTAMINATION IS COMMON:

If you become sick after eating, and other people you know may have eaten the same food, let them know you got sick. If you think the food was contaminated when you bought it from a store or restaurant, tell the store or restaurant and your local health department.

For more detailed information please see Food - hygiene and sanitation or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service website -- www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/home.


Review Date: 2/24/2018
Reviewed By: Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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