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Don’t Be a Victim of Food Poisoning

Don’t Be a Victim of Food Poisoning
By Massa Bitar

How to avoid food poisoning both at home and when eating out.

 

A few months ago, more than 2,000 restaurants in Jeddah were shut down due to unsanitary food practices and an ascending number of food-poisoning cases. In fact, food in most of these restaurants was contaminated with more than 11 types of harmful bacteria.

Bacteria multiply faster in hot and humid weathers, which create the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria to grow in food. If this food ends up in our systems, food poisoning is an unavoidable consequence.

 

Symptoms of Food Poisoning

Symptoms can start at any point between a few hours to several weeks later. Most common symptoms are: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, lack of energy, lack of appetite, fever, aching muscles and chills. Symptoms are stronger in children, elderly, pregnant women and people with immunodeficiency.

 

Prevention

Follow these tips when handling food at home:

 

What to Avoid When Eating Out

 

How do you know if a restaurant follows proper food safety practices?

 

When in doubt, avoid it. After all, it’s not worth the risk.


2The Author:
Massa Bitar, MSc. RD.
Registered Clinical Dietitian and Food Safety Expert MSc in Nutrition from King’s College London
Instagram: Massa.nutriclub
Facebook: Massa’s nutriclub


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