April 7 is World Health Day and this year’s theme is Food Safety.
Food poisoning is a common condition that most of us suffer from. But do you know what exactly causes this foodborne disease? It is the bad bacteria in foods that come from dirty hands, fingernails, uniforms and even open cuts. To prevent this, it is vital to have good personal hygiene. Also, read WHO recommended tips to keep your food safe and prevent diseases.
- Make sure you wash your hands regularly especially after going to the bathroom.
- Also, make sure you cover your food and store them separately.
- Dirty fridge or stove tops and even old chopping boards contribute to food poisoning. Therefore, ensure your kitchen is clean.
- Do not consume foods that have expired. Make it a point to check expiry dates and food labels before purchasing them.
- Do not mix raw foods together, especially meat and veggies. Mixing these can also lead to contamination.
- Leaving food out, at room temperature, for a long period can also contaminate them. Consume or refrigerate foods quickly that are at room temperature. Here are six ways to store your cold cuts the right day.
- Also, make sure you cook foods in the right temperature. Foods cooked between 5 degree to 60 degree Celsius experience rapid growth of bacteria.
- Keep your homes pest-free. Pest control should be done regularly to protect your foods from insects and rats.
- Empty dustbins and garbage cans regularly.
- Handle ice the right way, the video displays how.
Always remember to wash your hands after eating, cooking, using the toilet, handling garbage, coughing, sneezing and smoking. These small changes in your routine life can alter lifestyle for good.
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Published: April 6, 2015 12:25 pm | Updated:April 6, 2015 2:52 pm