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Health Tip: Is Your Food Still Good After Power Outage?

Posted 17 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- If you lose power, it's a good idea to keep your refrigerator and freezer closed to keep food safe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. A refrigerator will stay cold for about four hours, and a freezer should preserve food for up to 48 hours if they remained closed, the agency says. Here are the FDA's suggestions for determining if food is safe to eat after a power outage: If the ...

Your Dishwasher Is Not as Sterile as You Think

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – Your dishwasher may get those plates spotless, but it is also probably teeming with bacteria and fungus, a new study suggests. Microbes – from bacteria to viruses to fungi – are everywhere, including within and on the human body. So it's no surprise, the researchers said, that a kitchen appliance would be hosting them. So do people need to worry about getting sick from ...

Bah, Hum (Stomach) Bug! Essential Holiday Food Safety Tips

Posted 25 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 25, 2017 – A stomach bug can quickly put a damper on your Christmas Day festivities. If you're teaching children how to prepare favorite family recipes, include important lessons about food safety, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. The last thing you want to give your family is a foodborne illness. Here are some suggestions from the pediatricians' group to avoid one: Every ...

Health Tip: Seniors at Heightened Risk of Foodborne Illness

Posted 27 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you're 65 or older, your immune system probably is weaker than when you were younger, and you're at higher risk of contracting foodborne illness. The foodsafety.gov website cites these specific changes among older people: The gastrointestinal tract holds on to food longer, affording more time for bacteria to grow. The liver and kidneys may not be as efficient in ridding the body of harmful ...

How to Stay Out of the ER This Thanksgiving

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – Taking some simple precautions can help keep you and your family healthy over the Thanksgiving holiday, says an emergency medicine expert. "A few simple steps to avoid preventable injury or illness can go a long way toward making sure you safely enjoy the holiday," Dr. Paul Kivela, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said in news release from the ...

Spread Joy, Not Foodborne Illness, for Thanksgiving

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – Though foodborne illness can put a quick end to Thanksgiving festivities, that need not be the case, food safety experts say. That's because ensuring that homemade holiday meals are not only delicious but germ-free is within the grasp of not just experienced chefs, but rookie cooks as well. Food safety starts while you're grocery shopping for ingredients, said Brian ...

Health Tip: Cook Your Turkey Safely

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- No one wants the Thanksgiving holiday ruined by a nasty case of food poisoning that stems from the guest of honor – the turkey. FoodSafety.gov offers these turkey safe-preparation suggestions: If you'll serve a fresh turkey, buy it no more than two days before Thanksgiving. On the other hand. frozen turkey needs time to thaw properly in the refrigerator. Rely on a refrigerator thermometer to ...

Health Tip: Handle Chicken With Care

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Chicken is a mainstay in many American households, but it may lead to food poisoning if not cooked properly and handled with care. Foodsafety.gov suggests how to help keep your family safe: Wash handswith warm soapy water for 20 seconds before and after handling chicken. Do not wash raw chicken.Its juices can contaminate other foods, utensils and countertops during washing. Use a separate ...

Health Tip: Keeping Home-Delivered Food Safe

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

--Whether you have a new baby, a sick family member or are simply ordering take-out, you are probably having food delivered to you at home. Foodsafety.gov suggests how to keep delivered meals safe: Refrigerate delivered food at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below if you don't eat it immediately. If you don't think you'll eat all the food at once, divide it into portions and refrigerate or freeze what ...

Health Tip: Food Safety for People With Cancer

Posted 12 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Since people with cancer typically have a weakened immune system, they may be at greater risk of contracting foodborne illness. Radiation and chemotherapy often weaken the body's immune system by affecting the blood cells that protect against germs and disease. Foodsafety.gov suggests these steps to stay protected against food poisoning: Wash hands and surfaces often. Separate raw meat and ...

Heath Tip: 10 Mistakes People Make in Food Preparation

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Homemade food should be nutritious and safe. But experts at the foodsafety.org website cite 10 common food-preparation mistakes: Tasting older food to see if it's still good. It's better to be safe and just throw it out. Putting cooked meat back on a plate that held raw meat. At the very least, the plate should be washed with hot water and soap. Better yet, use a different plate. Thawing food ...

Health Tip: Leading Causes of Food Poisoning

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- More than a million Americans each year suffer the symptoms of food poisoning, including nausea and vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever and dehydration. Here are leading causes of food poisoning, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Bacteria and viruses, such as Salmonella, norovirus, campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria, clostridium and perfringens. Parasites, ...

Health Tip: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- More than 400,000 Americans get sick every year from antibiotic-resistant foodborne bacteria, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. These infections, which resist the effects of antibiotics, are harder to treat and often lead to more severe illness. The CDC suggests how to protect yourself and your family from bacteria: Take antibiotics only when needed. Use a food ...

Health Tip: Food Safety for College Students

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- As college kids head back to campus, it's important to keep them aware of food safety. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offers these suggestions to thwart food-borne illness: Wash hands and surfaces often. Travel with hand sanitizer to outdoor events, such as tailgates, when you'll be eating outside. Don't combine foods or use the same plates with raw meat, poultry, eggs or ...

What's Your Real Salmonella Risk?

Posted 24 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 – Every year, roughly 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from contaminated food. That includes more than 1.2 million illnesses due to the bacteria salmonella. This nasty germ can cause a lot of unpleasant symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and fever, typically lasting for 4 to 7 days. And while foodborne illnesses in general have gone down in recent years, ...

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