Questions tagged [food-poisoning]

Questions related to foodborne illnesses (illnesses which result from consuming contaminated food). Applies to all types of pathogens: bacteria, viruses, paracytes, protozoa (e.g. Cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis) or the toxins that they produce. If you know the agent, please add that tag.

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What's the name for food poisoning where the symptoms are solely caused by toxins that have accumulated in the food?

I'm trying to understand more about the type of food poisoning caused by toxins that were present in the food at the time it was eaten, that can quickly cause diarrhoea and vomiting that may only last ...
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Can alcohol prevent food poisoning?

I was on vacation this summer with some friends. At one point we bought and shared a large oyster platter. We were 5 people and all ate a lot, but a few hours later 4 of us got some serious food ...
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Best way to clean dry fruits and nuts before eating

Recently I got acute Diarrhoea, which I suspect to be due ton a new packet of dates which I purchased recently (1st time I'm using this). I have dry fruits and nuts regularly, however I haven't ...
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How long after drinking alcohol is it safe to eat durian again?

I read on {1}: This study provides evidence that some component(s) of durian fruit inhibit(s) yALDH in vitro. Inhibitory action of the non-polar sulfury constituents of the fruit like diethyl ...
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Would symptoms differ from eating virus contaminated food versus breathing in virus?

Would symptoms differ from eating virus contaminated food versus breathing in virus? Would symptoms be a good indicator where the virus is located? The COVID-19 causes respiratory symptoms and I guess ...
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How do bacteria from feces cause food poisoning?

I've always been told to wash my hands so that I won't get food poisoning - there are bad bacteria in the feces (such as e coli), which lay spores, and if the spores get into the intestine, they start ...
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Should I wash the vegetables after disinfection? [closed]

Today we had an interesting question, to disinfect the fruits and vegetables we usually need to submerge them on hazardous substances like chlorine or colloidal silver (if used on increased ...
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Food safety and implications of cooked food left un-refridgerated

Expanding on the question here: What are the health implications and safety hazards when one leaves food outside the fridge for longer periods (12-24hours for example) and how likely are those to ...
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Rodents falling from the ceiling at Chipotle restaurants, what to do?

Assume that rodents (i.e. rats) steal part of your food and there is a norovirus outbreak. With respect to norovirus, I think there is not much I can do to "prevent" myself from catching the illness; ...
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How and where to test for organic mercury levels?

I tried to find information about this online but unfortunately couldn't find anything besides more or less serious-looking articles explaining the different kinds of mercury poisoining, etc... I'm ...
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What is the LD50 on once-a-day vitamins?

Just because I want to know. For reference, here is the ingredient list for ONE A DAY Men's Health Formula: Vitamin A (14% as beta-carotene) 3500 IU 70% Vitamin C 60 mg 100% Vitamin D (as Vitamin D3) ...
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Does sausage-making inherently breed and hide bacteria?

If I leave some ground beef in my fridge for more than a day or two, it becomes visibly different, it browns, and just looks less appealing. I've been told that for ground meats it is especially ...
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When should I seek medical help for food poisoning?

Last four days have been terrible! I ate at a restaurant and few hours later, I felt nauseous, lost my appetite. By night time I had a fever, chills, and fatigued. Next day I was unable to eat as I ...
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What makes cooking tomatoes on copper unsafe?

I have heard that tomatoes were thought to be poisonous because they were prepared by cooking on a copper pan. Is this true and what compounds or chemicals are made that make it poisonous?
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How long does syrup actually last?

Two weeks ago, one of my friends asked me, "What does 'expired on' text on a syrup really mean?'" He is currently working in a place that uses syrup as one of their main product, slushes, then a ...
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Is eating dirt good?

A while back, I my parents knew a family who had a son. His parents believed in some weird thing that if you eat dirt, your immunity will increase and you will be less prone to sickness. However in my ...
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Why does fish have a lower minimum safe-cooking temperature?

Food safety guidelines suggest cooking fish to at least 130F. Chicken, in contrast, should be cooked to at least 165F. Perhaps the bacteria/viruses found in fish die at lower temperatures. If so, why ...
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Is it dangerous to eat bananas and eggs together?

I read that the combination of bananas and eggs is poisonous. I searched on the internet and found out that certain food (fruits and eggs, fruits and milk) shouldn't be eaten together but I couldn't ...
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Is it safe to eat fruit with the skin having cleaned it only with water?

For fruits such as peaches and apples, which one might eat with skin, some people argue that water do not wash away some chemicals (i.e. pesticides) that get absorbed by the skin, thus advising to ...
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Is it safe to immediately put food for heating right from the refrigerator?

Is it safe? Or should we make the food comes to room temperature and then heat it?
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Do preservatives spoil?

I once heard that a problem with common food preservatives in the US is that they tend to spoil once exposed to oxygen and left at room temperature, leading to the instruction "refrigerate after ...
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Eating burned food

You often hear common advices about not eating burned food because of the development of carcinogenic matter. Let's say a pizza that has been kept too long in the oven; not completely burned, but not ...
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How to make goat milk safe for consumption?

The milk under consideration is from a goat that is not from a goat-farm, just a loose goat that eats whatever she gets, hanging around mostly garbage (in India), if we milk her and boil the milk once,...
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Is it unhealthy to eat the stalk on tomatoes

Is it unhealthy to eat the stalk on tomatoes, after you've taken everything green off. I mean the white stuff which you can out of the tomato.
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Is it healthy to eat meat of an animal that died of an old age?

Given: If an animal dies from disease or poisoning - eating that meat is not OK. If, however, an animal dies of old age - is eating that meat OK? Not going into a topic of animal exploitation, ...
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How long can I keep cooked food in a tupperware container outside of the fridge for? [closed]

Here it says to throw away cooked food that has been left unrefrigerated for more than two hours. Is that the case even if the food's in a tupperware container?
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Can basil affected by Fusarium wilt be eaten safely?

I have a Basil plant that appears to be affected by Fusarium wilt. Let's assume my diagnosis of the plant's issue is correct. Can I safely harvest the whole plant and eat the leaves that haven't ...
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Recurrent head aches, posible cause some poisoning, any recommendation? [closed]

I've been suffering of head aches for a while, each time the pain stars in the neck and rises to the top of my head manifesting it self as a nagging pain accompanied with pulsating sensation at the ...
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Why fish is said to pose no risk despite the mercury on it?

From Wikipedia : According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the risk from mercury by eating fish and shellfish is not a health concern for most people. Also : Mercury is known to ...
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Can food poisoning be detected in the blood after recovery?

I've been ill for the past week with food poisoning, buthave had no time to go to the docto,. as my registered GP is in my home city and I am at university. I've recovered now, but I was wondering if ...
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