Ever wondered if you were having food poisoning symptoms because of meat you ate? Here are two tips to keep in mind:
* "Well done" is best, particularly for ground beef when it comes to any meat or fish because this tends to kill all bacteria that might be on it, but many meat lovers like their beef very pink in the middle, for example. This is safe but only if the beef isn't contaminated with any bacteria. * Eating the meat as fresh as possible and inside of its "sell by" date is also best
The following are common bacteria related to meat:
SALMONELLA--can occur in inadequately cooked foods items and improperly refrigerated foods
Possible food sources -meats -eggs -milk -cheese -seafood -contaminated fruits and vegetables
Symptoms nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea usually within 30 minutes to 6 hours after eating contaminated food. Symptoms lasat 1 to 3 days with the young and elderly having more severe symptoms.
Possible food sources -contaminated milk and cheeses -salty foods (ham) -sliced meat -food made by hand that require no cooking (puddings, sandwiches) -foodworkers who carry the bacteria and contaminate food
CLOSTRIDIUM PERFRINGENS--Called the "cafeteria germ" because many outbreaks result from food left for long periods on steam tables or at room temperature.
Symptoms intense stomach cramps and diarrhea begin 8 to 22 hours after eating and usually lasts 24 hours.
Possible food sources -meats, meat products and gravy
CAMPYLOBACTER--generally associated with uncooked poultry, meat or shellfish or not following safe meat-handling practices. Well cooked meat may take care of potential contamination.
Symptoms fever, headache, muscle pain followed by diarrhea (sometimes bloody), stomach pain and nausea that appears 2 to 5 days after eating and may last 7 days.
Possible food sources -raw or undercooked meat, poultry, or shellfish -raw milk -contaminated water
E.COLI--1% of the bacteria in an adult's intestines are thought to be E.Coli.
Symptoms severe diarrhea (sometimes bloody), stomach cramps and vomiting. Usually no fever. Symptoms appear 1 to 8 days after food is eaten and can last about 5 to 10 days.
Possible foods sources undercooked beef especially ground beef unpasteurized milk or juice contaminated raw fruits and vegetables and water
Thank you so much, Elaine! I liked the London Broil because of the name, but I think I will stick to roast beef & cooking steak myself from now on. Should I tell the supermarket deli people about the incidents? (I have informed the store's customer service).
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