Doctors can help patients prevent foodborne illnesses

Foodborne illnesses may be becoming more common, but physicians can help prevent outbreaks by talking with their patients about safe food-handling practices, experts say. Properly washing hands, food preparation surfaces and utensils, and fruits and vegetables kills many bacteria that cause gastrointestinal problems. Cooking food to the right temperature, then promptly chilling leftovers also keeps food free of harmful levels of bacteria, and keeping certain foods separated prevents cross-contamination. American Medical News (free content) (12/24)