Story by: Rebecca Hall on January 31, 2019
With football’s biggest day just around the corner, Erin Wiedmer, clinical nutritionist with Norton Healthcare’s employee wellness program, shares important information to help you stay healthy and keep your guests healthy. You may have never worried about safe food handling, but consider Erin’s advice.
“Preventing food poisoning is one of those things you don’t care about until you have it,” Erin said. “It’s more common than you think — about 48 million people in the U.S. get sick from foodborne illnesses each year. Would you rather your party be a touchdown with your guests or a fumble people remember for the food poisoning?”
Erin is ServSafe manager certified in food safety.
A: Foodborne illness is caused by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Foods can become contaminated due to improper handling, leaving food out too long or not keeping food at a safe temperature. These issues can be a major concern for gatherings such as a party where many people share food over an extended period of time.
A: Food poisoning can be life-threatening, especially for vulnerable people such as pregnant women, those who are immunocompromised and the elderly.
A: Common symptoms of food poisoning include diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea, fever, aches and fatigue.
A: Seek medical attention if you experience the following symptoms:
A: Most food poisoning will go away on its own, but in some severe cases, you may need to see your health care provider if you become dehydrated or need antibiotics.
A: The following actions can help prevent foodborne illnesses:
Here are some tips to keep your party safe:
If you’re experiencing symptoms of food poisoning, choose the care option that’s right for you.
A: The flu can be mistaken for food poisoning and vice versa. We recommend that you visit your health care provider for a flu test so you can be sure.
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