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What is Cold Rice Syndrome?

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What is popularly known as cold rice syndrome is a food illness caused by the bacteria Bacillus cereus.

It is a microorganism capable of surviving adverse weather conditions for a long period of time and producing toxins that are harmful to our body, causing everything from diarrhea to, in extreme cases, death.

Bacillus cereus

Why it is called Cold Rice Syndrome?

It is commonly called cold rice syndrome due to the high content of this bacteria in the aforementioned food, in addition to being present in a large number of foods, such as:

  • creams.
  • different desserts.
  • milk.
  • vegetables.

The great danger that lurks with this bacteria is related to the time and temperature in which the food in question is left , since some types grow at a temperature of 4ºC (psychrotrophs), while others live between 7ºC and 55ºC (mesophiles).

Therefore, if you do not want to suffer nausea or diarrhea due to it, refrigerate the already cooked food promptly, keep the clothing and kitchen items clean and, above all, if you notice discomfort and/or abdominal pain for more than eight hours and If you think it may be caused by contaminated food, drink plenty of water and see your doctor.

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