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Food That Can Make You Sick Due to Contamination

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There are certain foods that if were contaminated could make you really very sick. Here are a few of those foods that you might want to take a look at.

This breakfast favorite has been known to have caused outbreaks, most often due to Salmonella bacteria. The bacteria can lurk inside the egg, so proper cooking is key (which kills the germs). Avoid eating any products containing raw eggs, including cookie dough. And refrigerate eggs before using them.

It is rare but there are times when meat can make you ill. Raw food from animals—undercooked meat, raw eggs, raw milk, and raw shellfish—are the most likely foods to be contaminated. Treat uncooked meat and poultry as potentially contaminated, and make sure to cook them thoroughly. Clean any surfaces that meat has come into contact with by washing it in water thoroughly.

While restaurants are a key source of other food-related outbreaks, most people who get sick from cheese do so from products consumed at home.

Cheese can be contaminated with bacteria like Salmonella or Listeria, which can cause miscarriages. That’s why doctors warn pregnant women to avoid soft cheeses, such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined, and Mexican style cheese.

Lettuce or tomatoes may be contaminated, but once they enter a household, you can make sure that you don’t allow the bacteria to grow and multiply.

To do this: wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing fresh produce; wash fruits and vegetables under running water just before eating, cutting, or cooking, even if you plan to peel it before eating; and keep fruits and vegetables that will be eaten raw separate from other foods.

Raw milk
Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized or heated to kill bacteria. It goes straight from the cow to your table.

Skipping the pasteurization step basically means that the same bacteria that can be found in beef may also turn up in your daily glass of calcium: Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E. coli.

The solution is simple: avoid raw milk completely and raw milk cheese, particularly if you’re pregnant or are immune-compromised.

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