People tend to believe that food poisoning is not all that common, and that when it happens it gets front-page headlines like the great "Spinach Scare" in the news recently. So you might be surprised to learn that food poisoning incidents are actually quite common.
Food poisoning occurs when people eat food that has been contaminated with bacteria (such as the E. Coli found on the fresh spinach in Sept 2006 across the U.S.) or other toxins. In most cases, the symptoms of food poisoning include severe gastrointestinal distress, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In fact, sometimes when people believe that they are suffering from a "stomach bug" or "stomach flu," they are actually suffering from food poisoning. In some cases, the poisoning can even be fatal.
That's why it pays to be versed in how to recognize signs of food poisoning. This test -- with correct answers provided at the end -- will help. Please pass it on to others who can benefit as well.