According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), in the UK we report more than 500,000 cases of food poisoning each year.
With this figure in mind, it seems that we’ve more to worry about than suffering from slips, trips and falls in restaurants. While the humiliation from a fall in public can be hard to recover from, food-related illnesses can lead to unbearable fever, sickness, diarrhoea and even death.
Beyond slips and trips: Avoiding food poisoning
Improving your knowledge of general food hygiene is a great stepping-stone to minimising your risk of contracting a food-related illness.
It is a common misconception that food poisoning is largely caused by eating establishments; we are just as likely to contract the condition from eating home cooked foods.
- Wash your hands regularly throughout the day, and especially so before preparing meals or dining. To avoid food poisoning, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water.
- Use separate chopping boards for meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs. Placing cooked food onto surfaces that have held these raw foods is one of the main causes of cross-contamination.
- In the fridge, store all foods below 5 degrees C and any raw meats on the bottom shelf. This prevents any bacteria from the raw meats being passed to ready-to-eat foods, which won’t be cooked before consumption. Keep a close eye on your use-by-dates too.
- Always check that food is cooked through thoroughly. Never serve fish or meat without checking they are cooked correctly and certainly give your dish the once over in a restaurant before tucking in.
- Check out the FSA’s Food Hygiene Rating for any establishment you’re planning to visit. Listen to friends and family too. If they didn’t rate their menu choice or became ill following their visit, it may be worthwhile giving your meal a miss.
Building up resistance to food poisoning
While it is not possible to become completely immune to food poisoning, you are able increase resistance to food-related illness by improving the condition of your stomach.
Your diet has a big part to play. Eating yoghurts will increase the level of good bacteria, which will fight against any food-borne bad bacteria that you consume. As a result, this decreases the risk of suffering from food poisoning.
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice