Food poisoning is a condition caused via consumption of spoiled, rotten or toxic food. It is generally characterised by symptoms such like diarrhoea, dehydration, tiredness, vomiting or nausea etc. and can last up to 4-5 days or more. While food poisoning is extremely uncomfortable to experience and can drain your body and energy levels entirely, it is thankfully easy to prevent if you take a few precautions. In this article we have listed out six ways for the same.
1: WASH YOUR HANDS:
The first step towards preventing food poisoning is to keep clean before consuming a meal/ Wash your hands in warm water with soap and dry them before you either handle food items or eat it. Make sure to wash it again after you throw something in the bin, handle raw food, touch animals etc.
2: WASH YOUR WORK TOPS:
Anywhere that the food touches should also be kept clean hence make sure to wash all your work tops before and after cooking a meal especially if been touched by raw eggs, raw meat, vegetables etc. Use warm water and soup to clean the worktops thoroughly.
3: WASH DISH CLOTHS:
Wash all your table and dish clothes after use and make sure to hang them out to dry before using them again for damp cloth is the perfect area for germs to spread.
4: USE SEPARATE CUTTING BOARDS:
Make sure to separate your cutting boards depending on what you’re cooking by using different ones for when you cut food items like fruits and vegetables and when you cut up raw meat so that any kind of bacteria or germs present in such raw food doesn’t seep into and contaminate other food items as well.
5: KEEP YOUR RAW MEAT SEPARATE:
Make sure to store your raw meat away from other ready to eat food items like vegetables or fruits because since these won’t be cooked before eating, when you store them with raw meat there is a high chance germs present in the meat can contaminate these food items as well and cannot be killed before consumption.
6: COOK FOOD THOROUGHLY:
This is the most important step when it comes to preventing food poisoning because food when cooked properly and for the right period of time will kill most bacterial matter present in the raw food. Poultry, pork, sausages, kebabs and other meat items especially must be cooked until piping hot with no pink meat visible to ensure that the germs don’t spread.