Prevent food poisoning with disinfectant hand wipes

As per a recent study, using disinfectant hand wipes after preparing poultry can eliminate chances of food poisoning caused by harmful bacteria. Consumers can reduce the risk of campylobacter food poisoning by a good 99.2 percent by using disinfectant wipes in the kitchen.

The scary thing about Campylobacter is that you really do not need to ingest that many bacteria to get a nasty illness, so we have to wipe clean our kitchen surfaces and wash our hands after preparing poultry, said Gerardo Lopez from the University of Arizona in the US. Raw poultry bought from the supermarket may be contaminated with Campylobacter. Even though cooking the meat thoroughly, until the juices run clear, will destroy the bacteria, there is still a chance that bacteria left behind in the preparation area could cause illness.

Campylobacter infections are common, causing vomiting and diarrhoea, and can be very dangerous for young children, older people, and anyone with a compromised immune system. While refraining from washing poultry under the tap, can help prevent spread of the bacteria through splashing and spraying, this new research suggests that cleaning up with a disinfectant wipe straight after unwrapping and/or preparing poultry meat could further protect people from infection.

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We found that it is not just the physical removal of bacteria by the wipe that helps - the antibacterial solution left behind on the counter surface continues to disinfect over the next few minutes, Lopez explained. The researchers used antibacterial wipes on typical counter top materials - granite, laminate, and ceramic tile - to see if they reduce the risk of the cook and their family or guests ingesting harmful bacteria. Cinnamon oil can prevent food poisoning, try it!

The results were fed into a computer to calculate the potential reduction in risk of infection from using disinfectant wipes. The result was a reduction in the annual risk of Campylobacter jejuni infection of up to 99.2 percent.

The study appeared in the Journal of Applied Microbiology.

Tips to prevent food poisoning

Maintain personal hygiene: Personal hygiene is a basic need and must not be avoided. Don t be too lazy to wash your hands especially before handling food. Also, wash your hands after you have handled raw meat, fish, eggs and vegetables. Even if you are clearing up the kitchen and using the wash cloth, rinse your hands thoroughly before you move on to the next chore.

Change kitchen sponges and wash cloths regularly: Don t be careless about cleaning your kitchen sponges and clothes used thoroughly from time to time. All the leftover food and dirt tends to get stuck and that becomes a breeding spot for different types of bacteria.

Wash vegetables thoroughly: You would be in a rush to prepare your meals but basic vegetable-washing shouldn't be missed out on. The roots of green leafy vegetables and spices like coriander and ginger are full of mud, even potatoes and other tubers are mostly covered with soil. Just before you store your vegetable stock make sure you leave no traces of soil on them as the soil has a variety of bacteria and other microorganisms that could lead to food poisoning. Follow more such tips here.

With inouts from IANS

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