How to Prevent Food Poisoning

Two weeks ago I got food poisoning. I got it from a deli sandwich that either had bad mayo or meat on it. This wasn’t a little, twenty-four hour case of food poisoning, either. This was a full-blown-week-long-have-to-go-to-the-doctor-because-I’m-dangerously-dehydrated kind of food poisoning. Let me tell you, it wasn’t fun. (Although losing eleven pounds in a week was kind of thrilling.) Aside from being miserable it was expensive, what with the doctor’s visits, medications, and missed work.

The only way I could have prevented this unpleasantness was to have stuck with my frugality and not eaten out that day. But, since it was a small celebration, I went. Unfortunately

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3 Responses to How to Prevent Food Poisoning

  1. Jawnsonboots says:

    The mayo thing is a myth that just won’t die. The more dangerous things are eggs and potatoes if you want to lay blame. Commercially packaged mayo is pasteurized and has a high acid content which slows bacteria growth.

    http://www.dec.state.ak.us/eh/fss/consumers/food_myths.htm#myth15

    Otherwise these are good tips that people should definitely pay attention to… specifically the one where you say to pay attention to your gut feeling.

  2. Dido says:

    IF you have sanitation grades on eating establishments. The vast majority of us don’t. California has had them for a decade, but NYC just instituted them six months ago, and then NC and SC have them, but otherwise, you’ll find them in few areas of the country at this point in time.

  3. anyi says:

    Great article but it would be worth letting people know that most food poisoning occurs from foods where there is no smell, taste or sight of the pathogens.

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