Unhealthy food handling, a predisposing factor to food poisoning

Sep 18, 2023 | Articles | 0 comments

Ifeoma Okeke

Food poisoning might not necessarily mean that your uncle poisoned your food. It’s when you eat food that has been contaminated with bacteria, viruses or parasites.

Little David was playing outside with his friends. suddenly, he started feeling sick and was vomiting. His parents rushed him to the hospital, where the doctor ran tests and detected that he had been poisoned.

The doctor asked David’s parents if he had eaten anything unusual recently, and they said he had eaten some food from an uncle’s house the day before. They were convinced that the uncle poisoned him, but the doctor told them that it was likely that the food had been contaminated.

The doctor gave David some medications and he recovered quickly. His parents were relieved that he was okay, but they were still suspicious of the uncle. They decided to be more careful about what they eat in his house.

However, the doctor soon found out that the food David ate from his uncle’s house had been contaminated with a toxin. He had not poisoned David, but the food he had eaten was the cause of his illness.

David’s parents were relieved to find out that the uncle was innocent and they thanked the doctor for his quick work in diagnosing David’s condition and learnt a valuable lesson about food safety.

To reduce the risk of food poisoning during handling and when consuming, it’s important to take precautions which include:
– Washing hands, utensils, and surfaces often when handling food.
– Keeping raw and cooked foods separate to avoid cross-contamination.
– Cooking food to the proper temperature and use a food thermometer to check.
– Thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables before eating them.
– Using safe water and raw materials.
– Using separate cutting boards for raw meats and other foods.
– Refrigerate food promptly and store it at the proper temperature.
– Avoid eating raw or undercooked eggs, meats, and other foods.
– Discard any food that has been left out for more than 2 hours.

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Ifeoma Okeke

Ifeoma Okeke

Okeke, Ifeoma Vivian (MNIFST) Website Administrator| Quality Management System | Food Safety Professional | QSR Operations Management | Food Technologist


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