How is food poisoning treated?

  • Self-care: In most cases, food poisoning will go away after a few days. It is important to ensure adequate fluid and electrolyte balance by drinking more water and replenishing electrolytes.  Rehydralyte and Ceralyte are oral rehydration solutions available over the counter. Diluted fruit juice, soft drinks, broths or soups, and saltine crackers are also alternatives.
  • If you have diarrhea and are unable to keep down fluids, you may need to get fluids through a vein (by IV).
  • Most people fully recover from the most common types of food poisoning within 12–48 hours.
  • If symptoms get worse or persist for more than 7 days, consult your health care provider for antibiotic treatment. 

What are some preventative measures I can take?
Preventative steps can be taken to reduce the risk of food being contaminated with germs:

  • Clean up spills immediately and wash hands with soap and warm water
  • Separate raw meat, fish, and poultry from other food such as fruits and vegetables that will not be cooked
  • Cook food to a safe minimum temperature according to the reference chart below
  • Chill all food in the refrigerator or freezer accordingly. Don’t leave meat, fish, poultry, or cooked food sitting for more than 2 hours at room temperature.

Other precautions you may take are:

  • Always check the “Sell-By” date (you should buy the product before the date expires)  and “Use-By” date (the last date recommended for the use of the product) of your food purchases
  • When traveling, keep cold food at about 40° F or below by placing food in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs.
  • When eating out, ask if the food contains any uncooked ingredients and also ask how the food has been cooked.