Food that has become spoilt causes gastrointestinal disorders commonly referred to as food poisoning. Food could get contaminated at any of the stages that it passes through, maybe at the supermarket, or the grocer’s hands, at your refrigerator, or on your stove or even through your own hands.
The following steps can help reduce your chances of getting food poisoning:
8 – Sanitation Starts at Home
Wash hands with soap and warm running water before and after handling or preparing food, especially raw meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, and eggs.
- Clean your hands thoroughly after using the toilet, changing a baby’s diaper, or touching your pet animals.
- Clean utensils, cutting board, and other surfaces with hot soapy water.
- Avoid cooking for others when you have diarrhea.
- Cover cuts and burns on your hand with a bandage and glove before handling food.
- Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly in running tap water.
- Place the washed fruit or vegetable on a clean, fresh container. Please don’t put them back in the original box.
- Sterilize your meat thermometer between uses.
- Sterilize your dish clothes and towels in hot water or with chlorine bleach.