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Avoid Food Poisoning This Summer

We almost never eat chicken, but if you do, you should probably be careful when handling and preparing the meat. Campylobacter is one of the most common causes of diarrheal illness and it occurs more frequently in the summer months when temperatures are high. 

It is extremely unusual that infectious disease specialists are issuing warnings about certain foods, without any coordinated backing from authorities. But last year, the head physician in charge of infectious diseases in the Gävleborg region in Sweden, urged the public to avoid fresh chicken to reduce the risk of contracting an infection from campylobacter.

Campylobacter are intestinal bacteria that may be found in many animals, especially among birds, and they are transmitted primarily through contaminated food and water. The reason many infectious disease specialists warn consumers against fresh chicken, is that campylobacter can make you seriously ill and cause high fevers, (sometimes bloody) diarrhea, stomach cramps and nausea. Other common symptoms include inflammation of the joints.

To avoid summer food poisoning, it might be wise to hold off on the Flying Jacob (a Swedish casserole that consists of chicken, cream, chili sauce, bananas, roasted peanuts and bacon), and instead go for this incredible mango stew with tofu, tomatoes, ginger, coconut milk and cashew nuts. Thumbs up!

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