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World Health Day: Causes of food poisoning

April 7 is World Health Day and this year's theme is Food Safety.

Food poisoning is caused by eating foods contaminated by bacteria, viruses, molds, toxins, parasites and allergens. The microorganisms range from the fairly well-known E.Coli and Salmonella to lesser-known Campylobacter, Toxoplasma, Listeria and Clostridium Perfingens. According to FDA, most foodborne illnesses go away on their own and do not have long lasting effects. However, there are organisms like E.Coli 0157:H7, which can cause kidney problems and even death if not treated properly. Not all E.Coli are harmful to your stomach. Some of them actually are the natural gut bacteria. Here are 5 common causes of food contamination you should know.

Many factors contribute to food poisoning. According to Mayoclinic, food poisoning occurs from foods that are mishandled and not cooked properly. Some of the foodborne illnesses can take days or even weeks to expose as it takes a while for the microorganisms to replicate inside your body. Most of the foodborne diseases cause diarrhoea, and some others vomiting,as they are inhibiting your body from absorbing nutrients or water.

Also, read how important is temperature while cooking and storing food.

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