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Bugs that make you sick - C. perfringens poisoning

 

Cause : Clostridium perfringens . Spore-forming bacteria that grow in the absence of oxygen. Temperatures reached in thorough cooking of most foods are not sufficient to destroy the heat-resistant spores and these begin to grow if a large volume of food is cooled slowly.

Examples of foods involved : Cooked meat and poultry, stews, refried beans, soups, gravies left at 60°-125°F for many hours.

Transmission : Eating food contaminated with large numbers of the bacteria.

Symptoms : Diarrhea, abdominal cramps and gas.

Onset : 8-16 hours.

Duration : 24-48 hours.

Prevention : Cool food rapidly and refrigerate promptly or hold above 140°F to prevent surviving bacteria from growing.

Reheat leftover foods to 165°F.

Bugs that make you sick:

Bacteria
Virus
Parasite
   

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