Can You Prevent Foodborne Diseases?

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Can You Prevent Foodborne Diseases?

Last updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 2 min reading time

Each year, foodborne diseases affect 1 in 10 people worldwide. Most of these cases are mild but some can be severe, especially for pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people with weakened immune systems.

What are foodborne diseases?

Foodborne diseases (colloquially referred to as food poisoning) are a result of ingesting food and water contaminated with toxins and chemicals produced by harmful bacteria and microorganisms. The contamination of food may occur at any stage between food production and consumption. It can also be a result of environmental contamination, such as pollution of water, soil and air.

What causes foodborne diseases?

Common causes of foodborne diseases include:

Who is more at risk?

Preventing foodborne diseases

Prevent foodborne disease
You can’t completely prevent foodborne disease but you can reduce the risk by adopting the following safety tips:

1. Keep clean

2. Separate raw and cooked food

3. Exercise diligence

4. Cook thoroughly

5. Keep food at safe temperatures


Most foodborne illnesses resolve on their own, but you should consult a doctor if you experience:

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