Food Poisoning and How to Avoid It

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Have you ever found yourself stuck in front of the toilet all day after eating out at a new restaurant the night before? This may be because you’ve caught a bout of food poisoning.

What Is Food Poisoning? 

Food poisoning is when you become ill from eating contaminated food. The food may have infectious bacteria, viruses, or parasites that can lead to a host of symptoms.

The more common symptoms of food poisoning are diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. The symptoms can sometimes become more extreme and can cause concern if they persist. Some of the more severe symptoms to look out for include diarrhea lasting longer than three days or bloody diarrhea, dehydration resulting from vomiting, and persistent fever higher than 102 degrees.

Young children, pregnant women, and older adults are more susceptible to food poisoning and should avoid foods like unpasteurised milk, soft cheeses, and undercooked or raw meat.

How to Avoid Food Poisoning

There are a few ways in which you can avoid food poisoning.

Clean Food Correctly: Ensure that you clean all your fruits and vegetables, cooking surfaces, and cooking utensils. Some ingredients should not be cleaned in the kitchen sink, such as raw chicken, because that can spread harmful bacteria to other surfaces in the kitchen. Personal hygiene and handwashing are also essential.

Separate Ingredients: We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, keep your raw ingredients separate from your cooked ingredients. Use separate utensils when dealing with them.

Cook Food Correctly: Different foods need to be cooked to different internal temperatures to kill all harmful bacteria. You can buy a food thermometer to help you cook your food thoroughly and correctly.

Store Food Correctly: If you leave cooked food out for more than 2 hours, the bacteria on the food can grow and multiply. It is essential to put the food into the fridge or freezer and store it safely. When dealing with the Australian heat, try not to leave cooked food out for more than an hour and a half.

Proper knowledge and training on food safety can help you prepare and store food in a way that prevents foodborne illnesses. A food safety course can help you in gaining this knowledge. The Australian Institute of Accreditation offers courses to become a food safety supervisor in NSW that you may benefit from. Get extensive knowledge about preparing and storing food the right way to stay away from diseases.

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