What you need to know about food poisoning

Food poisoning can be really scary and you will never know when it’s going to happen. The day before my birthday, my entire family ended up with food poisoning. I spent the early hours of my birthday at the hospital and the rest of it in bed trying to force myself to eat. Please be cautious during the holidays.

Dettol has given me some tips to help you learn more about Salmonella – a bacteria known as a common cause for food poisoning.

About Salmonella

Salmonella is known to contaminate poultry and eggs but shockingly it can be found in many foods such as ground beef, pork, tomatoes, sprouts and peanut butter. There are ways one can protect themselves and ensure that the food their consuming is safe to eat.

Illnesses caused by Salmonella through contaminated eggs and peanut butter continue to make headlines as compared to the many other foodborne illnesses that have declined in the past 15 years. Many people do not know about the possibly deadly food illness and the risk it poses to the human body.

 Food Poisoning

1. Salmonella emanates from a variety of foods not only uncooked poultry and eggs.

Meat, fruits, vegetables, processed foods such as pies are among the wide variety foods you can get Salmonella.

2. Salmonella is an illness which can be deadly if not treated immediately

Most illnesses are treated with just an antibiotic, this is not the case with Salmonella as a deadly virus and may result in a person being hospitalized.

3. For every 1 case of Salmonella reported and confirmed in the laboratory there 30 cases not confirmed

In most cases people who get food poisoning don’t consult with the doctor so never get to know what caused the illness, and these are the more fortunate few who don’t experience the full effects of the virus.

4. Salmonella illness is more common in Summer

There is a greater opportunity for bacteria to contaminate food in warmer weather conditions as opposed to cold weather. Ways in which people can minimise chances of bacteria contaminating food especially if consumed outdoors; is to keep cold food cold and hot food hot. Refrigerate leftovers immediately, don’t leave them for more than 2 hours on a hot day.

5. You can get Salmonella from ‘normal’ looking eggs

In the past Salmonella contamination was due to chicken feces outside the egg-shell but cleaning and inspecting eggs eliminated that problem. However, the current type of Salmonella which has been an epidemic since 1980 is the type that can silently infect the ovaries of healthy appearing hen and contaminate the eggs from the inside.

6. Never eat raw or lightly cooked (runny whites or yolks) eggs

To avoid Salmonella, it helps to cook the egg thoroughly because cooking reduces the bacteria present in the egg.

7. Salmonella is more dangerous for certain people

People with impaired immune systems are at a greater risk of being hospitalized because of Salmonella. All it takes for them to get ill is a small amount of Salmonella bacteria for the full effect, which is not pleasant.

This post was brought to you by Dettol, in the interest of protecting your family from harmful bacteria that have the potential to cause serious illnesses. Visit the Dettol website for tips on family hygiene and more.

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  1. Fi Ní Neachtáin
    2014-12-09 / 11:27

    These are good things to know. I’ve had food poisoning a few times in my life and it was absolutely awful every time. Never want to experience it again.

  2. 2014-12-09 / 13:54

    food poisoning is so horrible. thank you for posting all of this info about it!

  3. Kathy
    2014-12-09 / 18:13

    I have never had food poisoning before. I have heard so many awful things about it though. You did a great job with this post. I learned a lot!

  4. 2014-12-09 / 23:14

    I’m glad for these safety tips, but I’m bummed that I can’t have runny yolks. =( I love runny yolks.

  5. 2014-12-09 / 23:35

    Ahhhhh this is one of those topics that totally sucks but so good to know 😉

  6. 2014-12-10 / 00:43

    So scary! I still wash my fresh fruits in a vinegar wash before prepping them because of germs/pesticides and rarely eat out at restaurants. Glad you’re feeling better now though 🙂

  7. 2014-12-10 / 02:14

    These are awesome safety tips! Especially if you have little ones at home – wouldn’t want them to get sick!

  8. 2014-12-10 / 02:14

    Salmonella is one of those things I’m terrified of. Thank you for this.

  9. 2014-12-10 / 03:34

    Thanks for the info. I’ll definitely note this in my “to know” list.

  10. Tonya C
    2014-12-10 / 03:52

    Thanks for these reminders! Food poisoning is so serious

  11. 2014-12-10 / 04:07

    So glad that I read this. It’s great information.

  12. 2014-12-10 / 04:10

    I’ve thankfully never had food poisoning, but this is a very interesting post. Thanks!

  13. 2014-12-10 / 04:58

    This is a great post. I am always careful not to cross contaminate food when i am cooking.

  14. Catherine S
    2014-12-10 / 06:42

    This is really good information to know. I have never had food poisoning and after reading this I will be more aware about foods I eat.

  15. 2014-12-10 / 07:46

    wow, I really thought that I knew a lot about salmonella, but I didn’t know most of your facts. Thanks for sharing.

  16. 2014-12-10 / 08:01

    Food poisoning is so dangerous, you have to be super careful!

  17. 2014-12-10 / 08:34

    Yikes, this is scary stuff! It’s clearly not something to be ignored if you’re touched by it.

  18. 2014-12-10 / 15:23

    I remember my niece having to go through a course on this stuff when she worked for Subway. It’s amazing how easily food can become contaminated.

  19. 2014-12-10 / 16:07

    Important information to share! Knowing how it’s spread and how to treat it is pivotal.

  20. 2014-12-10 / 17:43

    We’ve studied this in college – Salmonella. I tend to warn my family about it too – but they never listen -.-

  21. 2014-12-11 / 00:48

    This is all good to know. Hubby just had it recently for the first time ever and it was def. no fun.

  22. 2014-12-11 / 10:20

    I actually recently got food poisoning twice and didn’t eat any of the aforementioned foods (I’m a vegetarian that eats a lot of vegan food). I know for sure that I got it from a salad bar the first I got it. It’s definitely a feeling I never, never want to experience again.


  23. 2014-12-11 / 15:30

    This is very helpful. A lot of people doesn’t know about food poisoning. This one will be shared.

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