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Environmental poisoning

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Last reviewed: May 2018

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Lead poisoning - Lab Tests Online AU

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Why and when to get tested for mercury

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Taking leftover food home

If you do take food home from a food business, it is important you store and handle the food safely to avoid food poisoning.

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Food poisoning prevention and food safety | myVMC

Food-borne diseases are diseases that are transmitted by food. Food that has been contaminated with pathogens including micro-organisms like bacteria or toxic substances like lead or mercury can cause infection and/or toxicity if a person eats the food. Eating contaminated food causes the micro-organisms or other contaminants to enter your body.

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Food safety myths

Correct food safety procedures can cut the likelihood of food poisoning.

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Medicines and poisons safety - NT.GOV.AU

Read about medicine and poison safety.

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Poisons and children - NT.GOV.AU

Find out how to stop your child from being poisoned or burned by chemicals at your home.

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Kids' Health - Topics - First aid - poisons

13 11 26. Take the bottle or whatever you think the poison was in when you go to the phone so that you will be able to tell the person at the Poison Information Centre what has been swallowed. They will know if it is dangerous and can tell you what to do.

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Rat poison contamination

The active ingredient in rat poison is brodifacoum. It is used in baits to kill rodents such as mice and rats. It is sometimes referred to as a super-warfarin, because it is longer acting than the drug Warfarin. Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots in people.

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Chemicals in the home - Better Health Channel

Learn how to safely store and dispose of household chemicals, and how to respond when a person is poisoned.

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