Correct hygiene and safe food handling procedures are essential when it comes to preventing the spread of harmful bacteria which can cause serious illnesses such as salmonella and E.coli.
As a law firm specialising in all areas of personal injury compensation and with years of experience to boast, we at Accident Advice Helpline are experts when it comes to health & safety in the kitchen. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the dangers of raw meat in the kitchen.
What are the dangers?
Raw meat contains bacteria which can be extremely harmful to the human digestive system, particularly to the old, young and those with a weak immune system. The problem arises when cross contamination occurs. This can occur by using the same knife to cut vegetables after having cut raw meat. This can also occur as the result of putting cooked meat on a plate that has had raw meat on it before preparation or cooking. This can result in severe food poisoning which has a number of serious effects. The effects of food poisoning include; nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration. In extreme cases it can also lead to organ failure.
How can I prevent the spread of bacteria when preparing raw meat?
Here are a number of tips that you can use to avoid the spread of bacteria when handling raw meat:
- Avoid tasting food to see if it is cooked: instead check the colour of the meat and prick it with a fork too see if the juices run clear.
- Do not thaw meat on a counter top: germs can multiply rapidly at room temperature. Thoroughly defrost meat in the fridge or microwave.
- Do not wash raw meat: this may seem counter-productive but can help prevent the spread of bacteria to your kitchen sink.
- Wash your hands: after preparing raw meat, wash your hands in warm water for a period of 30 seconds and consider using a disinfectant soap.
Suffered food poisoning and it wasn’t your fault?
If you’ve suffered food poisoning within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500, for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly, professional advisors. All our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, meaning you won’t be out of pocket if your claim for compensation is unsuccessful. Check out more of our blog articles to find out you if could make a claim for a slip, trip or fall, accident at work or a road traffic accident.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice