• Choose products with informative labels that list storage instructions. Look for products with the longest use-by dates.
  • Never taste food that looks or smells strange. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Buy food in quantities appropriate to your household usage. If you live alone, buy small packages to avoid lengthy storage, or divide perishable food into small portions and freeze for later use.
  • If you get sick, take to your bed and drink plenty of fluids. Water is fine, but rehydrating fluids like sports drinks may be better: you're trying to make up for the fluids lost in the diarrhoea. See your doctor if the symptoms are severe or persist beyond a couple of days. Babies and small children with severe diarrhoea should always be taken to a doctor. If you think you know which food made you sick inform your local public health service.

 

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