April 7 is World Health Day and this year’s theme is Food Safety.
Do you fall sick and have bouts of diarrhoea and vomiting often? Have you ever wondered why you often fall prey to these foodborne diseases? The reason could be lack of cleanliness, hygiene and proper food safety practices. These practices are not only applicable to commercial kitchens and restaurants but you can also follow them at home to prevent food poisoning. Here are 5 common causes of food contamination you should know.
Did you know that biological contamination of food is most common and these germs that cause contamination are present everywhere and can be very harmful? The health of a food handler or a worker is responsible for the safety of food. You must have often noticed at home, that if the person who cooks and cleans the home falls sick, everyone else also starts exhibiting the same symptoms. That is because, if a sick person handles your food, his/her germs contaminate it and they easily make way into your system, infecting you and everyone around. Hence, if you or your food handler is sick, it is best to stay away from the kitchen. Also, being aware of your personal hygiene is the key to keep public and your family safe. Follow correct hand washing techniques, trim your fingernails, wear hair restraints and cover your wounds and burns while cooking to prevent infection from spreading. Here are some WHO recommended tips to keep your food safe and prevent diseases.
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Published: April 7, 2015 11:52 am