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What foods REALLY make you sick?

Posted May 24, 2010

Have you ever had food poisoning? The official name for a common form of it is norovirus! The stomach virus causes severe vomiting and diarrhea. But health experts say most people who experience symptoms of food-borne illness never realize the illness may have been brought on by contaminated food. Instead, they say whatever they ate simply "didn't agree with" them.

So what are the riskiest foods for contracting a food-borne illness? Here's a hint: it starts with the letter "P." But surprise, surprise, it's NOT poultry!

According to the Center For Science in the Public Interest, the riskiest category of products is PRODUCE! More than 35,000 illnesses were reported between 1990 and 2006! Poultry is next, but with half the reported cases(18,906). Beef rounds out the top 3 with just more than 14,000 cases.(14,191) That means there were more problems with PRODUCE than with poultry and beef COMBINED!

Tuesday at 5, we'll show you some simple grocery shopping strategies that can help keep you and your family from getting sick. We'll talk about the shopping pattern to follow within the store, what to look for in expiration dates, information about selecting packaged meat and one thing to always bring with you when you go to the grocery store!

In the meantime, what are your experiences with food-borne illness? And do you follow any specific "food safety" strategies?


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  • kittiboo May 25, 2010

    I got a rotten case of tummy trouble after a Christmas party for work one year. We had finger food-type stuff, and several hours later on the way home my hubby (was new boyfriend at the time!) had to pull over several times so I could be sick. I was sick for days- both ends- but no one else at the party got sick, so I guessed I just caught a virus, but not from the food? I rarely get tummy viruses- I have a stomach of steel. I only vomited on two occasions from the ages of 2-20.

  • mcorson2 May 25, 2010

    I had a bad,bad case of food poisoning several years back, the cause---HAM!!! I had a Ham sandwich with mustard not mayo and I was so sick, I ended up in the ER the whole night, they had to give me a shot in my hip to get me to stop vomiting, not fun either may i add. then came the other part!!! I was at the hospital for a couple of days!! I'm very careful with meat and now produce, i listen and want to have more tips to keep safe and my kids... I wanted to die!!! bad, bad, bad!!!

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