6-3 Food Poisoning

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Food Poisoning

 Did you know that food can make you extremely ill or even kill you under certain conditions.  Food poisoning is a condition that occurs when canned or bottled food, dairy products, or meat is invaded with fungus or bacteria.  When it is ingested, the bacteria or fungus multiplies and results in illness or death.

  Food poisoning doesn't always affect the appearance, taste, or odor of food, so it can be difficult and sometimes impossible to detect ahead of time.  In some cases however, you can suspect contamination and food poisoning from certain signs.

  To protect against food poisoning, avoid as many processed foods as possible.  Avoid eating rare or raw meat, and avoid eating too much shellfish.  

  Never thaw frozen foods at room temperature; thaw them instead in the refrigerator, or submerge them in cold water.

  Watch for food contamination or food poisoning in the following situations:

  • Dented cans

  • Cans bulging at the ends

  • The food inside a can is bubbly or frothy

  • The contents of a can forcefully spray when you open the can

  • Visible mold on fruits or vegetables

  • Fruits or vegetables have started to decay (look for brown spots, soft spots, or discoloration)

  • Meat feels slimy to the touch

  • Meet, produce, or any other food has a foul odor

  • Food has discolored

  • Food has a strong unusual flavor

  It doesn't take too long to know if you have contracted food poisoning.  In most cases the symptoms are violent, and the onset is rapid.  The type of food poisoning you get depends on its source.

  Seafood - Within 30 minutes your fingertips and lips start to tingle.  you lose strength in your muscles, and you have difficulty breathing.  This type of food poisoning is often fatal.

  Contaminated Eggs, Milk, Meat, Poultry, and Fish - Within eight to 72 hours after eating you will develop chills and a fever, nausea and vomiting, severe diarrhea, and intense abdominal pain.  This type of food poisoning is rarely fatal.

  Undercooked Meat - Twenty-four to 72 hours after eating undercooked or raw meat, you will experience abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  You develop a flu-like illness, with muscle pain, stiffness in the muscles and joints, as well as a fever.  It is difficult to sleep.  This type of food poisoning is usually fatal.

  Food That is Cooked and Then Kept Warm in Warming Trays for Long Periods - Within 24 hours after eating in a restaurant, you develop abdominal pain and severe diarrhea.  This type of food poisoning can make you very ill, but is rarely fatal.


Answer the questions below


According to this passage food poisoning can result in

severe illness, but never death.

illness or death.

death in all cases.

Food poisoning can be difficult and sometimes to detect.


The avoidance of rare and meat will help prevent food poisoning.


A flu-like illness, muscle and joint pain and stiffness, as well as a fever are symptoms of meat food poisoning.


Avoid fruit and vegetables that have started to .

Food poisoning symptoms from food eaten at a restaurants occur with hours.

The type of food poisoning you get depends upon its .

 Food poisoning is a condition that occurs when canned or bottled food, dairy products, or meat is
submerged in cold water.

bubbly or frothy.

invaded with fungus or bacteria.

Food poisoning caused by undercooked meat is
usually fatal.

rarely fatal.

never fatal.

To prevent food poisoning, thaw frozen foods in the or submerge them in cold water.




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