We have all seen consumer programmes about visits by the environmental health departments of councils to takeaway food establishments. These seek to uncover poor practice and where companies are flouting the law. Not only are kitchens dirty and unhygienic and a breeding ground for bacteria – and, sometimes, rodents, cockroaches and other pests! – they can be unsafe. It’s the preparation and food storage areas behind the scenes that the customer doesn’t see except in these programmes that often come under fire. Out of date provisions and mouldy food can be found in fridges and freezers which have not been properly maintained or cleaned. Shelves can be thick with grime and grease and kitchen utensils and equipment dangerous or dirty.
Sadly, there are takeaway firms with a very poor standard of hygiene where the food served can be contaminated with germs and bacteria. In the UK there are around 500,000 cases of food poisoning every year. If you are unlucky enough to experience this you might have a range of symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, headache and fever. In some more serious cases, such as with elderly people and children, dehydration is a serious risk and if vomiting and diarrhoea persists you should seek medical advice, as you may need treatment to recover.
What are the causes of dirty takeaway food poisoning?
A common cause of dirty takeaway food poisoning is the failure to store food properly and the use of food, particularly meat and fish, past its use-by date. Not cooking food for the correct length of time or at sufficiently high temperatures can mean that bacteria remain in the food. Simple, practical good housekeeping and personal hygiene are essential in a kitchen but some firms do not even follow basic rules around hand washing or the clearing up of waste. Discarded food which is not properly sealed in bins can be a magnet for rodents like rats and mice and lead to infestations in containers inside or outside a takeaway.
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Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown