Wash your hands often and prepare foods properly to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following steps for hand-washing:
If soap and water are not available, use gel hand sanitizers or alcohol-based hand wipes containing 60% to 90% ethyl alcohol or isopropanol. Most supermarkets and drugstores carry these products. Carry one or both with you when you travel, and keep them in your car or purse.
When you use the gel sanitizer, rub your hands until the gel is dry. You don't need to use water. The alcohol in the gel kills the germs on your hands.
Wash your hands after:
Do not smell food that is covered with mold. This could cause lung problems. If food is very moldy, throw it away. Place it a trash can that children and animals cannot get into.
Some types of food should be thrown away if they have some mold, while others can be used safely.
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
Current as ofJuly 31, 2014
Current as of: July 31, 2014
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