Further to Chris's must see post of WebMD slide shows on food poisoning dangers and 10 public hotspots for germs:
here is another essential article you should read for your safety by Senaka Ranadheera, Early Career Research Fellow, Advanced Food Systems Research Unit, College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University.
"The ingestion of very small numbers of dangerous bugs may not be harmful as our immune system can fight them off. But problems begin when the body’s defences fail, causing these “bad bugs” to multiply and spread throughout the body."
Even pre-washed produce may not be safe!
"...infiltration of pathogens into cracks, crevices, and between the cells of fruits and vegetables has been shown to be possible.
Once positioned in these niches, pathogens may survive and multiply by the time the infected produce is consumed. Therefore pre-washed produce may not be 100% safe. Peeling can help to get rid of bugs on the surface, but it also risks cross-contaminating the inner part of the product."
Read on for what to do to keep yourself safe: theconversation.com/do-we-r...
Photo: Oleanders are hardy plants that stay a refreshing green in our harsh summers and have attractive flowers (image). Unfortunately all parts of the "It's natural!" oleander are poisonous and no amount of washing before eating will save you from the following symptoms:
Eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and throat: Blurred vision, Vision disturbances, including halos
Gastrointestinal: Diarrhoea, Loss of appetite, Nausea, Stomach pain, Vomiting
Heart and blood: Irregular or slow heartbeat, Low blood pressure, Weakness
Nervous system: Confusion, Death, Depression, Disorientation, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Fainting, Headache, Lethargy
Skin: Hives, Rash