Bad food can be a real killer

QUEENSLAND Health has revealed around 25% of Australians get food poisoning each year.

While food poisoning may be just an unpleasant experience for most people, it can be very dangerous for certain people.

People most at risk of serious and potentially life threatening illness include pregnant women and their unborn or newborn children, people older than mid 60s and anyone with a weakened immune system.

This includes anyone suffering from cancer, diabetes, AIDS, liver or kidney disease and anyone on medication that suppresses the immune system, for example prednisone or cortisone, and organ transplant patients.

These groups are at higher risk of contracting listeriosis.

To keep food safe residents are encouraged to wash and dry their hands before handling food, and after touching raw poultry, meat or seafood.

It is also recommended to wash kitchen ware such as chopping boards and knives after use and make sure all food is used within the use-by date.

Topics:  food food poisoning health queensland health

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