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14 Types of Food That Can Make You Sick

Food poisoning is a horrible experience. But it’s hard to tell if food is safe to eat, partly because problems are relatively rare.
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Tomatoes

Although tomatoes were found “not guilty” in a 2008 outbreak that sickened thousands (the culprits were jalapeños and Serrano peppers), this summer favorite is a common cause of foodborne illness.

“Lettuce or tomatoes may be contaminated, but once they enter a household, you can make sure that you don't allow the bacteria to grow and multiply,” says Hedberg.

To do this: wash hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing fresh produce; wash fruits and vegetables under running water just before eating, cutting, or cooking, even if you plan to peel it before eating; and keep fruits and vegetables that will be eaten raw separate from other foods.

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