April 7 is World Health Day and this year’s theme is Food Safety.
Food safety is often overlooked by us. We don’t realise how we unknowingly contaminate our food and also ingest the same food. Contaminated food, many times, can have disastrous effects on your health. It can lead to food poisoning, which mostly leads to mild discomfort but can also be fatal. Food poisoning is often characterised by diarrhoea, vomiting, headache, body ache and fatigue. Here are some WHO recommended tips to keep your food safe and prevent diseases.
It is necessary to realise the importance of food safety to prevent diseases like food poisoning. This video highlights the importance of cleanliness in a kitchen, be it commercial or at home, to prevent these diseases. In restaurants, proper food handling techniques are followed to protect public from the ill effects and hazards of food poisoning. Watch Zach Manning, an Environmental Health Inspector, shed some light on how restaurants follow their code of conduct when it comes to food safety. He emphasises the need for cleanliness and organisation in the restaurant. Secondly, every restaurant should have a knowledgeable and confident person in charge (PIC) who ensures good food handling practices are followed in the restaurant. Here are 5 common causes of food contamination you should know!
This video also throws some light on how certain group of people are more susceptible to foodborne illnesses. It is easy to identify people who are more susceptible to these infections by simply remembering this acronym , YOPI – Y = Younger than 5 years old, O = Older than 65 years of age, P = Pregnant Women and I = Immune compromised. Special precautions are usually taken in restaurants to avoid cross-contamination of food and prevent foodborne diseases.
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Video Source: eFoodhandlers Inc./Youtube.com
Published: April 7, 2015 11:46 am