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Food and Health: Raw Food Dangers

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Sushi

Sushi can have bacteria and parasites like anisakiasis.

Made with lean fish, vegetables, and avocado, sushi can be a good way to get vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. But sushi can have bacteria and parasites like anisakiasis, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain.

Small children, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and people with immune issues should skip raw or undercooked fish. Everyone should also avoid fish that could be high in mercury, like swordfish, bigeye tuna, and shark.

Pork

Raw or undercooked pork can have bacteria like salmonella, E. coli, and listeria.

Raw or undercooked pork can have bacteria like salmonella, E. coli, and listeria. You can get sick from eating pork that hasn’t been cooked enough or from cutting boards, countertops, or utensils that touched raw pork. Pork has to be cooked to at least 145 degrees F, then allowed to rest for at least 3 minutes before you serve it.

Oysters

They can carry viruses and bacteria from the water where they live.

They can carry viruses and bacteria from the water where they live. If they aren’t well-cooked, they can infect the people who eat them. Oysters can spread an infection called vibriosis, which can make you very sick. They can also spread hepatitis A, a virus that causes liver disease. Fully cook oysters before you eat them.

Ceviche

Ceviche is raw seafood marinated in lime or lemon juice.

Ceviche is raw seafood marinated in lime or lemon juice. Like sushi, there’s a chance it can have bacteria and parasites that can cause food poisoning. Skip undercooked or raw fish, especially if you are in a high-risk group, like if you’re pregnant, nursing, or have immune problems. Cook seafood to 145 F. Leftover seafood needs to get to 165 F.

Meat Tartare

It's OK if you don't like your meat well done, but it's not safe to go to the other extreme.

It’s OK if you don’t like your meat well done, but it’s not safe to go to the other extreme. Steak or chicken tartare is meat eaten uncooked. Raw meat and poultry are most likely to cause food poisoning. They can have all sorts of bacteria from E. coli to salmonella, which can make you very sick. To stay safe, be sure meats are properly cooked.

Raw Eggs

Fresh eggs can carry salmonella, which can cause food poisoning.

Fresh eggs can carry salmonella, which can cause food poisoning. The best way to avoid getting sick is to make sure you cook eggs until the white and the yolk are firm. Refrigerate eggs or foods that have eggs right after you cook them. For recipes that call for raw eggs, like Caesar dressing or hollandaise sauce, use only pasteurized eggs.

Flour and Dough

It can be tempting to have a taste of batter when you make cookies, but anything with uncooked flour can make you sick.

It can be tempting to have a taste of batter when you make cookies, but anything with uncooked flour can make you sick. The flour can have bacteria like E. coli. Don’t taste raw dough or batter, and don’t add flour to foods that won’t be cooked. Kids shouldn’t play with flour or dough, either.

When you’re done using flour, don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly.

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