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Food poisoning most often results from the ingestion of food that has been contaminated by bacteria or viruses. The well-recognised symptoms include stomach Pain, Vomiting, and Diarrhoea, usually within 24 hours of eating the contaminated food. Common bacterial contaminants include salmonella (usually in chicken), E. coli (found in undercooked beef), and botulism. The Norwalk virus has recently become well known, due to its contamination of shellfish.
Poisoning can also result from the ingestion of toxic substances found in mushrooms and some exotic fish.
Despite food safety education, food poisoning is on the rise, with upto 30,000 cases of bacterial food poisoning reported every year in the UK. Safe handling of food and thorough cooking are the most effective means of food poisoning prevention.
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