Are you concerned with food safety as the holidays approach? Food that sits at room temperature for longer than usual, such as during the holidays, can provide opportunities for bacteria to grow. 

Food poisoning is the common term used to describe an illness that occurs after eating or drinking spoiled food or beverage. The illness is usually caused by a virus or bacteria that contaminated the food during food preparation. 

For expert advice on food safety, visit: New Mexico Poison & Drug Information Center or call, (505) 272-4261 or (800) 222-1222.