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Kitchen Hygiene and Cleaniness: Avoid Food Poisoning and Salmonella

Updated on June 6, 2011

Food Poisoning as described by

Food poisoning is a common, usually mild, but sometimes deadly illness. Typical symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea that occur suddenly (within 48 hours) after consuming a contaminated food or drink. Depending on the contaminant, fever and chills, bloody stools, dehydration, and nervous system damage may follow. These symptoms may affect one person or a group of people who ate the same thing (called an outbreak).

The worst thing you can do on a date or dinner is give everyone food poisoning, its not going to make you friends or get you a second date.

Here are a few basic tips on Kitchen Hygiene:

  • Wash your hands: make sure you use hot water and antibacterial soap before you start cooking and more importantly after handling and cutting uncooked meat. Parent sometimes assume stomach aches in kids is caused by junk food whilst it could be the kids didn’t wash their hands before eating.
  • Storing Meats and Fish: It is best stored in a container or a freezer bag, also make sure the meats and fish are in the bottom shelf of the fridge or freezer to avoid the juices leaking and dripping onto other foods.
  • Chopping Boards: used for uncooked meats should be wash thoroughly after cooking and it should not be used to chop other foods as this can cause food poisoning.
  • Cooking meat properly, check to make sure the meat is not pink in the middle this is a clear indicator that it is cooked. Another way of checking is making sure the juices are clear and not bloody or pink.
  • Hot water is better suited for washing up thisi is because the hot water kills germs and also breaks down hard and more difficult particles and stains off the plates and so on.
  • Wash salads, and fruits well with cold water before using.
  • Never reheat food more than once, instead take the portion you want and put the rest in the fridge.

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