Food poisoning

Most people wouldn’t wish food poisoning on their worst enemy. The truth is, anyone can be accidentally exposed to a foodborne illness. Once this happens, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea may soon follow. When you call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222, our nurses, pharmacists, and other poison experts will give treatment recommendations over the phone and alert you to specific symptoms to monitor. We can help you choose the right liquids to help prevent dehydration.

Food preparation and storage

Even if you haven’t been exposed to tainted food but have some questions about proper food handling procedure, we can help with that, too. Always remember to wash your hands and all the surfaces you prepare food on to avoid contamination between meats and other foods. To help prevent unwanted bacteria growth, keep hot foods above 140°F, while keeping cold foods below 40°F. Discard food that’s been left out for an hour or more in temperatures over 90°F. If in doubt, throw it out!