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    Food poisoning in the United States is most often associated with large social gatherings where foods may be left unrefrigerated for extended periods of time. It is also associated with improper preparation of food, mislabeling of harmful foods, and illegally harvested shellfish.

    Prevention

    Most food poisoning can be prevented by properly cooking food, such as poultry, eggs and meats. Other foods, such as contaminated shellfish, are harmful even when properly cooked.

    Symptoms

    In general, symptoms of food poisoning appear 2 to 48 hours after the meal, and may include:

    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • abdominal cramping
    • diarrhea
    • weakness
    • chills
    • headache 
    • fever

    If you suspect food poisoning, call your doctor immediately.

    Reduce your risk: