Re: Uncooked and cold food
by SZ - Posted Sun April 22, 2007 @ 1:36 PM
Since your husband is a doctor, is he not aware that all cases of food poisoning are to be reported to the CDC? Federal law mandates this report.
The terminology 'food poisoning' is tossed about willy-nilly by anyone who develops a belly ache and has the runs. Although I don't doubt you developed these symptoms, I highly doubt it was food poisoning. This can only be determined (as others have stated) through lab tests.
Another reason I believe the wrong term was applied to your symptoms is the fact that within 24 hours of ingesting what you determined to be undercooked lobster, you were feeling 'better.' Recovery does not come that quickly.
A few years ago I developed these same symptoms. There was no relief within 24 hours and the next day I visited my physician. Even with the prescribed medications, I was very ill for four days. During the time I was ill, a history of all foods consumed (that I could remember) prior to my becoming ill was taken. It was during the summer and I had made myself a tuna salad sandwich. One of the first things checked was the mayonnaise in my refrigerator. Negative results, along with several other items. Since I had consumed all the tuna salad I made, that could not be tested. However, I still had some of the tuna itself left. Eureka! The canned tuna was the culprit. The remainder of the tuna was removed from my refrigerator, sent to the CDC, where they contacted the packer. From there, it was in their hands.
Do not ASSUME because you have a stomach ache, the runs, cramping, etc., that you have food poisoning. That is a very strong and dangerous claim to make if nothing was done to prove it so.