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This page contains information about symptoms and causes of food-borne illness (commonly known as food poisoning.)
Food-borne illness (often called food poisoning) occurs when you eat food that is contaminated.
Food-borne illness is a general term for:
There are currently over 200 diseases that are transmitted through food. (Institute of Food Technologists Expert Report on Food Safety Issues in the 21st Century, 2002)
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The most common symptoms of food-borne illness are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Symptoms can range from mild (a few stomach cramps) to extremely serious (may cause death).
You can reduce the chance of food poisoning by ensuring that food is handled, cooked and stored properly. There are 4 important steps you should always take when handling food:
Visit the FightBAC!TM website for more tips on how to prepare, cook and store food safely.
Not always. It depends on what caused the symptoms.
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If you feel sick and think you may have food-borne illness it is important to visit your doctor who will run tests to determine whether or not you have become ill due to contaminated food.
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Halton Region is composed of
the City of Burlington,
the Town of Halton Hills,
the Town of Milton,
and the Town of Oakville .