4 Alarming Hazards Of Poorly Stored And Undercooked Meat

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Meat is a great source of protein that is a building block of our muscles. It is rich with Iron and is a great source of providing energy to our bodies. But here is a catch; If meat is not properly stored or a source of meat such as Chicken, Fish, Cattle, or Lamb is infected it can affect human health badly. Sometimes in undercooked and poorly stored meat bacteria remains activated which can make you suffer from multiple health conditions.

Marham is here at your rescue and will make you aware of some Alarming health conditions that you may suffer, if you don’t handle meat right. When you consume poorly stored or undercooked meat you might face following symptoms:

  1. Abdominal Cramps
  2. Nausea/Vomiting
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Muscle ache
  5. Headache/Fever

Symptoms don’t end here; if meat is not properly stored or cooked it can lead to some severe health complications, some of them are mentioned below:

Salmonellosis (Infected Cattle)

It is a bacteria that reside in the digestive tract of cattle without making animal ill but if beef is not cooked properly and Salmonellosis remains intact it can make a person suffer from severe abdominal cramps, watery stool and sometimes high fever. Healthcare provider should be consulted as soon as possible if you face any of such symptoms because when this bacteria spreads from intestines to the bloodstream it can become life-threatening.


The process of bacteria entering into a bloodstream after consuming poorly stored or undercooked meat is known as Bacteremia. It can affect any part of the body, depending where the bacteria becomes activated such as digestive tract, intestines, colon etc. People with weak immune-system and those who are on medication of reducing acidity from stomach are more likely to suffer from it.

Listeriosis (Bacteria in animals)

It is a bacterium that is usually found in cattle and poultry. Its ingestion can cause fever, diarrhea and body aches within 24 hours of its consumption. Pregnant women are also at risk, if they consume poorly cooked meat and get this infection it can lead to preterm birth, miscarriage or still-birth. It is better if you consult your gynecologist if you face any trouble after consuming meat.

E. Coli Food poisoning

E.Coli is a bacterial group that normally resides in the intestine of animals and is often harmless however if meat is undercooked and is contaminated, few E.Coli strains present in the animal can cause food poisoning in human beings. In extreme cases, this bacterial toxin can destroy the red blood cells and result into kidney failure.

Don’t take diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, headache, and abdominal cramps lightly. If they persist contact a physician as soon as possible.

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Amina Hameed
Amina is an MBA from Lahore school of economics who had also been a Former Cultural ambassador of Pakistan (USEFP). Amina writes to throw a light on the importance of healthcare system in Pakistan. She is indeed a passionate writer when comes to health, fitness and lifestyle.

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