How is food poisoning prevented?

Updated: Jun 19, 2018
  • Author: Roberto M Gamarra, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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The best ways to prevent food poisoning caused by infectious agents are as follows:

  • Practice strict personal hygiene

  • Cook all foods adequately

  • Avoid cross-contamination of raw and cooked foods

  • Keep all foods at appropriate temperatures (ie, refrigerated items: < 40°F; hot items: >140°F)

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.

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