What Are The Causes And Symptoms
Eating habits are varying. More food is now consumed after its original preparation. Therefore, safe food management to avoid food poisoning is becoming more vital.
Possible symptoms include:
- Stomach aches;
- Diarrhea; and
Food Becoming Contaminated
- Germs are everywhere — in the water, soil and air. Insects and animals (including people) transmit germs and will pollute any surface they come in contact with.
- In the correct conditions (dampness and heat), bacteria increase, creating big colonies within a few hours.
- Food affected in this way might still look healthy and normal, unlike clearly ‘off’ food that smells nasty. Eggs, chicken, seafood, meat, dairy products, salads and cooked rice are particularly susceptible.
How To Prevent Food Poisoning
You can look after your family from food poisoning by applying the following rules:
- Keep frozen and cold food in the fridge or freezer after buying it – the sooner the better.
- Rinse your hands with soap and water prior to working with food.
- Store uncooked and cooked foods separated in the fridge.
- If you are working with cooked and raw food, make sure you use a different knife to avoid contamination.
- If you are serving cold food, serve it straight from the fridge.
- Warm foods should be preserved at simmering point.
- Cooked foods that will not be consumed straightaway should be chilled quickly and placed in the fridge.
- Leftovers should be rewarmed at a scorching heat, if possible.
- Wash dishrags with warm water and let them to dry before using them.
- Try not to prepare food for other people when you are ill, particularly during an incident of gastroenteritis.