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With Australia facing its biggest food poisoning crisis in decades, the ABC has compiled a guide to help consumers cope.
“Food poisoning is a very serious issue,” the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) said in a statement.
Food poisoning can cause serious health problems such as diarrhoea, vomiting and vomiting up to two days after eating contaminated food, and it can cause permanent damage to the kidneys and liver.
Experts have warned people should avoid contaminated food if possible, but it is not advisable to try and remove contaminated food from the home.
Anyone who develops food poisoning after consuming contaminated food should seek medical attention, the NHMRC said.
The NHMRRC said people who were able to avoid eating contaminated foods could also seek professional help.
It said the Food Standards Agency (FSAs) had launched a Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAA) to help regulate and monitor food safety.”FSAs will ensure that food safety is in line with the requirements of the Food Safety Act, and ensure the safety of the people who prepare food, process it or prepare it for consumption,” it said.
Food poisoning: What to doIf you or someone you know is suffering from food contamination, call the NHMP on 1800 739 739 or email [email protected]