SUBJECT: SOCIAL STUDIES
TERM: 3RD TERM
CLASS: PRIMARY 3
Topic: Food Poisoning
Meaning of food poisoning
Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, is illness caused by eating contaminated food. Infectious organisms — including bacteria, viruses and parasites — or their toxins are the most common causes of food poisoning. Contamination can also occur at home if food is incorrectly handled or cooked.
Food poisoning symptoms vary with the source of contamination. Most types of food poisoning cause one or more of the following signs and symptoms:
Watery or bloody diarrhea
Abdominal pain and cramps
Contamination of food can happen at any point of production: growing, harvesting, processing, storing, shipping or preparing. Cross-contamination — the transfer of harmful organisms from one surface to another — is often the cause. This is especially troublesome for raw, ready-to-eat foods, such as salads or other produce. Because these foods aren't cooked, harmful organisms aren't destroyed before eating and can cause food poisoning.
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