The tragic thing about accidental food poisoning is that it is entirely preventable. According to the Philippine National Poison Management and Control Center (PNPMCC), 34.7 percent of poisoning cases reported to the center by local hospitals and 22.8 percent of admissions due to poisoning at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) involved children five years old and below. An overwhelming number of poisoning cases occur at home. But home is also where we can most easily intervene and employ these safety measures.

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(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Good Health section as "Health Check" in June 2005; adapted for use in Female Network)

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