I think food poisoning is a lot more common than you think it is. I think a lot of people get it in restaurants, especially buffets where the food is sitting out there waiting for you to dig in.
I think I got food poisoning a few weeks ago from Wei's Buffet in Roselle, New Jersey. I tasted something, maybe a crab cake or something, and soon enough I was having digestive problems. It tasted sour. It didn't taste like it's supposed to.
I was really pretty messed up for a week or two. It was so bad that I thought it was a symptom of colon cancer and I scheduled some testing. I called my life insurance agent to see if I could get more at a reasonable price. I started wondering if my wife could survive financially if I was dead.
Years ago I was at a hotel buffet. I think it was the Doubletree in Somerset NJ. A piece of melon tasted sour. I spit it out but it was too late. It messed me up for a week or so, even gave me fever, kept me out of work.
I was actually surprised when I started to get better this past week. That indicates to me that no, my malaise was not caused by colon cancer, it was just some damn food poisoning. Even so, I'm going through with the testing. My symptoms are all gone.