Guidelines To Avoid Salmonella & Other Bacterier
Brushing Up On Kitchen Hygiene Habits
Summer is the peak season for campylobacter in kitchens everywhere, where many diseases could be avoided with brushing up on a few good hygienic habits in the kitchen.
Campylobacter is recognised as one of the main causes of bacterial foodborne disease in many developed countries, with at least a dozen species of campylobacter being implicated in human disease.
Statistics tell us that the number of people getting sick with campylobacter and salmonella is growing every year. There are probably more, as many people don't go to the doctor when they have stomach aches and pains.
But this kind of bacterier isn't to be taken lightly. At best it can cause a great deal of tummy discomfort for days - at worst it can be fatal.
Focusing on good kitchen hygiene especially during the summer months is therefore of paramount importance. Consumers are entitled to buy safe and wholesome food, they are also responsibe for food safety themselves at home in the kitchen, so they or household members don't get sick from the food they eat. It's all about having good hygiene when preparing food at home - and there are a few easy and simple guidelines to follow.
Washing Your Hands - Everyone Does That Right?
Different situations call for different actions - and the truth is that sometimes we forget this trivial, yet very important hygienic task.
Washing your hands may seem like a stupid thing to mention here, but it is very important to wash them thoroughly - before starting to prepare and cook the various types of foods such as meat, eggs, raw foods and prepared products.
Good personal hygiene is necessary, to avoid spreading bacterier from person to food and visa versa.
After using the toilet, coughing, touching wounds etc., it's also important to your wash hands. Intestinal bacterier or micro-organisms from the throat and wounds can easily be transferred to food.
If you have wounds on your hands and arms, or if you have a tummy upset like diarré, bacterier can be transferred to other humans via food.
- Wash hands with hot water
- Wash hands with soap
- Wash your hands clean- sound silly, but just putting your hands under the water for a few seconds doesn't get them clean
- Dry hands on a clean towel
- Wash your hands after contact with animals
- When you've touched animals, always wash your hands thoroughly afterwards
Infections from animals can be transferred from human hands to food. Animals are great and I couldn't do without my cats, even though they are clean, we just don't know where they've been on their nightly hunting trips. Unfortunately touching them without washing hands afterwards and then preparing food, can lead to transmitting bacterier. We just never know - but is it worth taking the risk?
Transmitting bacterier can happen too when children and adults visiting farms and zoos, and come into direct contact with the animals. This also applies to pets in nursery schools and at home.
Both cows and pigs, chickens, dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets can be contaminated by pathogenic bacterier such as campylobacter, salmonella and certain types of E.coli-bacterier.
Parents and educators should make sure that children wash their hands after every toilet visit and after they have touched animals or even collected eggs in the chicken run.
Quick Hygiene Tips for the Kitchen
- Heating up:It's important to heat food through properly to kill any bacteria. Although during the summer especially if it's a hot summer, hot meals are probably the last thing we want.
- Cooling down:The food shouldn't be cooled in the kitchen, but in the fridge where the temperature in the refrigerator should be max. 5 degrees.
- Spreading bacteria and viruses:Separate the raw from the ready-to-eat foods, and remember to wash your hands often. You don't want to run any risks of contracting or giving a household member or guests infections of any kind.
Have a happy summer
It can be difficult finding the time during the summer months, to do a real clean up in the kitchen.
All it takes basically is keeping kitchen tops and surfaces, fridge, tools, utensils, saucepans, garbage bin and anywhere food comes into contact, as well tea towels, hand towels, dish clothes etc. as clean as a whistle. Spring cleaning can wait until a rainy day.
Enjoy your summer and stay well.
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