Food poisoning: Protecting your family

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Food poisoning occurs when bacteria, parasites and viruses grow on food. Prevent food poisoning with these tips on handling and storing food properly.

Key points

  • Food poisoning can be very serious. Younger children are at higher risk.
  • Most food poisoning can be prevented with proper cleaning and cooking.
  • Cook foods to their safe internal temperature and thaw foods in a refrigerator, microwave or bowl of cold water.
  • Serve children only pasteurized milk, juice or cider, and eggs and egg products that have been cooked through.
Last updated: June 11th 2014