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Your summer grilling may bring serious food poisoning

Summer activities with family often include cooking hamburgers and chicken on the grill during neighborhood cookouts. Even for experienced grillers, ensuring that all meats cook properly and thoroughly on a grill proves difficult.

Food poisoning affects families from across the United States every year. Especially for older adults and young children, salmonella and e. coli poisoning wreak havoc on immune systems and intestines. Avoiding an injury from food poisoning and expensive legal issues may be possible if your neighbors follow specific food safety tips to avoid infecting you with food poisoning.

Why food trucks are raising serious health concerns

Food trucks have undoubtedly been a growing trend here in America. They have been popping up all over the country and serving millions of patrons over the past five years and more. Food trucks offer a unique experience of food coming right to your location. Meals of all kinds are being cooked up on demand and served to business lunch goers and late-night appetites. But how safe is the food you are consuming from these mobile restaurants?

Some food trucks are failing health inspections and causing people like you to develop food-borne illnesses. Unsanitary conditions create a likelihood of cross-contamination that may lead to serious health concerns. Bacteria and parasites may infiltrate food ingredients and ultimately contaminate your body and ability to live and work as regularly as before. Unfortunately, mobile food trucks offer a higher risk than regular restaurants ensuring food safety.

Rethinking certain foods after Jimmy John’s salmonella outbreak

Another outbreak of food poisoning at a major restaurant chain has the public wondering how safe it is to eat outside the home and which foods they should avoid. In a multi-state salmonella outbreak in December, eight people who ate raw sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants became ill.

Each year, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people become sick from foodborne illnesses, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die.

Signs your child has food poisoning

Having a child can feel like owning a living, breathing petri dish capable of culturing all sorts of bacteria at any given moment. As a result, determining the cause of a child’s illness is not always easy.

However, if your child is exhibiting signs that look like they could be food poisoning, it is important to take action and know your options.

Signs your "stomach flu" might be E. coli

You know the difference between the regular flu (influenza) and the stomach flu (gastroenteritis). Influenza affects your lungs, nose and throat while the stomach flu hits your intestines. But how do you know for sure that your stomach flu isn't E. coli?

What is E. coli?

Food poisoning can be deadly

A recent botulinum toxin outbreak in California has killed one man and sickened nine others. The source of the outbreak has been identified as jars of nacho cheese sauce from a gas station in Walnut Grove, California. While the California Department of Public Health has determined that there is no longer a threat to the public, the incident underlines the dangers of food poisoning, and in particular the rare but sometimes fatal cases caused by botulism. 

What causes botulism? 

Food poisoning FAQ: Is someone at fault?

According to the CDC, 1 in 6 Americans fall ill because of food poisoning every year. Some people pass off their symptoms as stomach flu or some other disease, but food poisoning may cause long-lasting damage, such as organ failure. Another party might be at fault for damage done to you or your family from contaminated foods. Here is what you should know about food poisoning and responsibility when it occurs.

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