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Food poisoning

Foodbourne illness is caused by consuming something that is contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or harmful natural toxins. Symptoms include diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps. A bout of food poisoning can seriously derail your preparation, so it’s important to do all you can to avoid it. Things to consider, include:

  • Local produce – If you travel abroad, you should be careful what local produce you eat or drink. It’s wise to avoid raw meat or eggs, freshly squeezed juice, ground beef and unpasteurised milk.
  • Water purification – Drinking contaminated water can seriously affect your operational readiness and health. Make sure you use a water supply that is safe, or drink bottled water that has been filtered.
  • Street vendors – Only eat street food when it is prepared in front of you, so you can see that it is being appropriately treated. Even then, you should avoid any raw ingredients.

If you are unfortunate enough to get food poisoning, it is important that you pay proper attention to your recovery. Sickness and diarrhoea can lead to severe dehydration and a loss of vital nutrients. It is important that you replace these as soon as possible, and contact your GP straight away for medical advice.