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Super Bowl food safety tips

As millions of Americans prepare for Super Bowl celebrations on Sunday, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) and the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourage the public to take a few simple food safety precautions to prevent food poisoning.

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“While the Super Bowl is a time for families and friends to gather, watch football, and enjoy a meal or snacks together, it is also a time when professionals at the nation’s poison control centers are especially concerned about the increased risk of food poisoning,” said Stephen T. Kaminski, JD, AAPCC CEO and Executive Director. “By taking a few extra precautions when preparing, cooking, and storing food, you can assure that you and your loved ones have a delicious and safe celebration.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1 in 6, or 48 million people contract food poisoning each year, with approximately 128,000 of those people being hospitalized and 3,000 dying of illnesses associated with food poisoning. America’s 55 poison control centers play an important role in helping to prevent food poisoning by promoting safe food preparation and storage strategies, as well as assisting callers who suspect they are at risk of developing foodborne illness or are exhibiting symptoms of food poisoning. “By saving the Poison Help line, 1-800-222-1222, in your mobile telephone, you always have a poison control expert available at the touch of your fingertips,” said Kaminski. “The experts at poison control centers provide free and confidential information and treatment advice 24 hours per day, seven days a week, year-round.”

Symptoms of food poisoning usually appear within hours of eating contaminated food, and often include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pains, and diarrhea. Food poisoning symptoms can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. While most food poisoning cases are mild and resolve without medical care, some episodes can be more severe and require expert treatment advice.

AAPCC and the USDA offer the following food safety tips for preparing and enjoying your Super Bowl meals:

PREPARE:

COOK:

STORE:

During the excitement of sporting events, alcohol safety is also an important consideration. Alcohol affects children differently than it does adults, and swallowing even a little can be very toxic to a child, causing severely low blood sugar and distress to a child’s central nervous system. Alcohol found in mouthwash, hand sanitizers, and other personal care products can also cause alcohol poisoning, so it is important to also keep these products up and away from children.

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