Tips to Prevent Food Poisoning

During the summer season, bacteria and fungi can cause food to rot or decay and make it unfit for human consumption. Mould can grow quickly on bread or oranges and cause them to rot and turn green. Similarly bacteria can breed quickly in milk or curry that is left at room temperature and cause it to turn sour.

Some bacteria like E.coli can cause food poisoning which can result in diarrhea, vomiting, severe stomach cramps. It is very important to know how to store food so that we and our loved ones are safe from food contamination and food poisoning.

→Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling food, before eating and after using the toilet.

→Cook food thoroughly at high temperature.

→If you are buying packaged food, then always check the expiry date.

→Avoid canned food in which cans are badly dented or bloated.

→Avoid food with torn seals or open packaging.

→Wash all fruits and vegetable thoroughly once you get home from shopping. Let them dry on a rack or basket with holes so that water seeps out before storing them in relevant fridge compartments.

→Do not leave fresh milk or cooked food at room temperature. Always store it in refrigerators in proper containers.

→If you are re-heating food, do so thoroughly till steam appears.

→Do not let blood of fresh meat drip into other frozen foods. Again use proper containers.

→Wipe kitchen tops with hot water after working with raw meat, raw eggs, fish and vegetables. Wash chopping boards, knives and other utensils too.

→I always wash my kitchen cloths and sponges in hot water with little detergent and hang them in sunlight because it kills odors and bacteria.

→Don’t let leftover food stay inside your fridge for long. Otherwise they will turn into specimen for science experiment.

Food poisoning can be fatal so be extra careful in summer.

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7 thoughts on “Tips to Prevent Food Poisoning”

  1. Has anyone else written about food contamination or food poisoning? I want to insert links to relevant articles in my tip but I have found just one other related article so far. If you have read one or written one,please let me know the title in comments. Thank you.

  2. There are several conditions which may lead to death due to improper handling of food. I was once a victim of it and it ended me up in a hospital for 4 days. I was severely dehydrated due to severe diarrhea caused by the contaminated fruit that I ate.

    • This is so scary. We usually limit take away food or eating out in summers because so many people fall sick and one ill food handler can pass the disease to many others. I am glad you survived:-)

      • I am glad, too that I survived that ordeal! I really thought I was going to die because my heartbeat become abnormal, as in I skip a beat or two. I could not fall asleep well for three weeks. I fear of actually sleeping coz I keep on thinking that I would stop breathing.

  3. Just this week many students and teachers here got problem with diarrhea … Simply because of the reheated meal. Yes these are very helpful tips.


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