Food-borne Illness is when contaminated food or water is consumed. Contamination can occur from food, the environment, or from the food handler either directly or indirectly. Food-borne illness can be devastating to the person affected and to the establishment implicated. It can cost thousands of dollars and may even result in death. DID YOU KNOW: Four million Canadians suffer from food-borne illness and receive medical attention EACH YEAR! (Health Canada) A High Price To Pay The cost of a food-borne illness occurring at an establishment is a high price to pay. Here are just a few negative outcomes that result in food-borne illnesses: Negative media exposure Possible lawsuits and legal fees Insurance premiums Staff missing work Cost of re-training staff Decrease in customer sales Bad reputation Decrease staff morale Food-borne illness do not usually get reported because it resolves itself within a few days. However, there are members of our population that can be severely affected by food-borne illnesses, including young children, [...]
Symptoms are not always associated with the last food product consumed. Symptoms may appear as early as 30 minutes or as late as several days after consuming contaminated food. DID YOU KNOW: Headaches can be a symptom of a food-borne Illness! Food-borne illness can have numerous symptoms. More common symptoms include diarrhea, vomit, stomach cramps and nausea. Food-borne illness can also manifest as a headache, muscle pain, fever, fatigue and weight loss. Death, as previously mentioned, can also be a result of a food-borne illness. So remember, if you or someone you know experiences food-borne illness, ask yourself "What did I eat in the last 5 days?"