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This article explains safe ways to prepare and store food to prevent food poisoning. It includes tips about what foods to avoid, eating out, and traveling.

TIPS FOR COOKING OR PREPARING FOOD:

TIPS FOR STORING FOOD:

MORE TIPS FOR PREVENTING FOOD POISONING:

TIPS FOR EATING OUT SAFELY:

TIPS FOR TRAVELING WHERE CONTAMINATION IS COMMON:

If you become sick after eating, and other people you know may have eaten the same food, let them know you got sick. If you think the food was contaminated when you bought it from a store or restaurant, tell the store or restaurant and your local health department.

For more detailed information please see Food - hygiene and sanitation or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service website -- www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/home.

References

DuPont HL, Okhuysen PC.  Approach to the patient with suspected enteric infection. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 267.

Melia JMP, Sears CL. Infectious enteritis and proctocolitis. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 110.

Semrad CE. Approach to the patient with diarrhea and malabsorption. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 131.

US Food & Drug Administration website. Are you storing food safely? www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/are-you-storing-food-safely. Updated April 4, 2018. Accessed March 27, 2020.

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Review Date: 3/4/2020  

Reviewed By: Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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