What is food poisoning?
Food poisoning is the name given to the distressing condition which arises when contaminated food is eaten. Food may become contaminated at any stage during its’ production, storage, processing, cooking or serving. This is why it is so important that food hygiene measures are taught and carried out whenever people work with, handle and serve food. Simple measures such as:
- Not storing raw and cooked foods next to each other can reduce the likelihood of food becoming contaminated;
- Washing raw vegetables and salads thoroughly before preparing them;
- Not using the same utensils for raw and cooked foods;
- Cooking foods thoroughly until piping hot;
- Not using food past its use-by date;
- Storing foods at the correct temperature;
- Washing hands thoroughly before, during and after handling food; and
- Not working or handling food if you are ill yourself to reduce the risk of cross contamination.
How does food become contaminated?
Food can be contaminated in a variety of ways.
- Bacterial contamination is one of the most common ways of contracting food poisoning. Bacteria such as Campylobacter exist in raw and uncooked meat, unpasteurised milk and untreated water. Salmonella can exist in raw and undercooked eggs and chicken. Listeria bacteria may be present in ready-to-eat foods such as pate, soft cheeses, cooked sliced meats and sandwiches.
- Viral infections such as Norovirus are common causes of widespread food poisoning, as it can be transferred by cross-contamination from person to person or person to food.
- Parasitic infection from Toxoplasmosis can cause food to become infected if it comes into contact with infected cat faeces whilst growing or during production.
What are the symptoms of food poisoning?
Food poisoning irrespective of the cause results in the following symptoms:
- Stomach cramps;
- Fever; and
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