How, when, and if you become ill after eating contaminated food will depend on the ‘bug’, but also the amount of exposure, your age, and your health. Food poisoning can be especially dangerous, and even life-threatening, for people with weakened immune systems.
High-risk groups include:
Older adults - As you get older, your immune system may not respond as quickly or effectively to infectious organisms.
Pregnant women - During pregnancy, changes in metabolism and circulation can increase the risk of food poisoning. Your reaction may be more severe during pregnancy, and your baby is also at risk of getting sick.
Infants and young children - Immune systems of infants and children aren’t fully developed. This group can have a harder time fighting off food poisoning.
People with chronic disease - People with chronic conditions like diabetes, liver disease, AIDS or those receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy for cancer often have a reduced immune response.
These people should take extra precautions by avoiding the following foods:
Raw or rare meat and poultry
Raw or undercooked fish or shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels and scallops)
Raw or undercooked eggs or foods that may contain them (cookie dough and homemade ice cream)
Raw sprouts (alfalfa, bean, clover and radish sprouts)
Unpasteurized juices and ciders
Unpasteurized milk and milk products
Soft cheeses (Feta, Brie and Camembert, blue-veined cheese, and unpasteurized cheese)
Refrigerated meat spreads and pates
Uncooked hot dogs, lunch meats, and deli meats
Recent Interesting Reports
“Ordered spicy chicken and when I went to chewing, everything inside my mouth seemed foreign. Immediately spat it up, made the video, went to bathroom and threw up. When I came out of the restroom I noticed the sandwich and any remaining evidence was discarded and when I requested the... substantial evidence the manager said she's not going into the trash and threatened me with the police. She attempted to simply pacify my clearly traumatized self with a refund for their mishap and then threatened with police when I insisted on the uncooked evidence. Started having pounding headache and feeling nauseous so was transported via ambulance from the scene and diagnosed with gastroenteritis from capital Regional medical center. ”
“Had a salmon with a pesto pasta, I also had 1 slice of a margarita pizza. That was on feb-16-2020 around 8pm
Even though the service was horrible due to the fact that they were very busy, the food tasted delicious.
That's all I had all day as for food....
A bit after leaving the restaurant my stomach was cramping and 4 hours after my dinner I got sick. Only i got sick ”
“My husband, my sister and I all had burgers. Afterwards my husband had severe vomiting and diarrhea, and still has severe stomach pain. My sister had diarrhea. And I had severe stomach cramps but am currently on Valium which tends to constipate me so I think that helped to suppress... my GI a bit. ”
“My daughter ate a Torino’s square pizza around 3/4 pm and by 7 PM she was complaining of stomach pains, having to vomit & use the restroom every 20 minutes. This is the third time this has happened to her. ”
“The Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced the recall of 15 varieties of baby food jars by Cow & Gate and sold at Tesco under the concern that these might have been tampered with.
FSA advises not to feed your babies with the recalled products and to return them to the... place of purchase for a full refund. This recall affects only the Cow & Gate baby food jars 7+ months sold at Tesco. Varieties sold in other retailers are not affected by this recall
- Cow & Gate Butternut Squash Chicken & Pasta 7+ months 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Courgette & Hake Rice 7+ months 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Creamy Cauliflower Cheese 7+ months 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Garden Pea & Turkey 7+ months 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Potato Spinach & Beef 7+ months 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Potato & Turkey Roast 7+ months 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Spaghetti Bolognese 7+ months 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Succulent Pork Casserole 7+ months 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Tasty Cottage Pie 7+ months 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Tomato & Courgette Pasta 7+ months 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Yummy Harvest Chicken 7+ months 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Apple Crumble 7+ months 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Banana Crumble 7+ months 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Peach Apple & Kiwi 7+ months 200g jar
- Cow & Gate Rice Pudding 7+ months 200g jar
You can check the full list of products and the complete recall notice on the FSA website food.gov.uk
Source: FSA ”
“They ate a large pepperoni pizza from here I don't have the receipt on hand to tell the exact time but it was purchased on February 13 2020. An hour or so after eating one child started complaining of stomach pains and started vomiting. An hour after the first child... started complaining about stomach pains the second child started complaining and started vomiting and having diarrhea.
“Ate on 15/2/2020, 1900 hrs. Four pax. Dishes included oysters, lobster and scallops. Only oysters were shared among the family. Next day, vomiting, diarrhoea, nausea and high fever for all four. Other family members who did not go to restaurant had no symptoms. Previously ate here in 2019 and had... food poisoning. Was not sure it was specifically this outlet that time, but after this experience am highly certain. ”
“On Wednesday 29th January, I ate for lunch (12PM): chicken thigh, pasta, kale, broccoli and sweet potato, with parsley pesto dressing. I started getting mild stomach cramps in the late afternoon. Mild nausea developed at 6PM and diarrhea began at 6.30PM. Fever started at 8PM and my temperature peaked at... 11PM (39.6'C). Over the next 24 hours, the diarrhea has intensified (been to the toilet 12+ times) and so has the nausea, and I am still experiencing stomach cramps, although the fever subsided around 2PM on the 30th January. ”
“Our family had dinner there yesterday. I had a double double. My husband and our older son ate cheese burgers. Our little one had fries only. Our big kid had 99 degree fever and threw up three times this morning. His teacher told us later that there are two more... kids in his class had same symptoms after he left school. Not sure if its contagious. My husband threw up once tonight and had diarrhea as well. My little one threw up during the midnight. He just return to sleep. Hopefully they will be fine tomorrow. ”