Ok, this is not the most excited page. My only goal is to inform you about the hygiene hazards you may encounter in your kitchen. Keep your kitchen safe from Salmonella. What is Salmonella contamination, how does a Salmonella infection occur, and how can we prevent. I will not going very deep into this matter. I will concentrate me related to the kitchen.
About 1.3 million! people are infected in the United States every year, and that doesn’t include the many people who never report their symptoms or are officially diagnosed. 23,000 individuals hospitalized due to the infection and 450 dying from it. Experts are saying that double the official figures are very likely. Which means more that 2.5 million people are infected.
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What is Salmonella?
Salmonella is the name of a group of bacteria.There are more than 2,300 types of bacteria in the Salmonella genus. Most people who get infected with Salmonella get the bacteria from Humans become infected most frequently through contaminated water or food. Diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within eight to 72 hours. Most healthy people recover within a few days without specific treatment.
How can we be contaminated with Salmonella?
#1: After using the bathroom hands are not washes thorough
#2:Contaminated fruits and vegetables. These can carry many organisms and parasites, depending on where they were grown and how they were processed. Therefor you must wash vegetables and fruit very thorough.
#3: Raw meats, poultry, and fish. These carry many harmful bacteria. These are bacteria that cause diarrhea, cramping, and fever. Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw chicken, fish and raw meat.
how can we avoid Salmonella Contamination?
- After using the toilet, wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds, preferable use warm water. As hot as you can bear.
- Fruit and vegetables must be washed at all times.
- Raw meat, poultry and fish: Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw chicken, fish and raw meat.
Keep your kitchen safe from Salmonella
- Wash hands well with soap and warm water before and after handling food.
- Clean kitchen surfaces before preparing food on them.
- Clean your knives very thorough before and after the job.
- Use different cutting boards for meat, fish, poultry and vegetables
- Refrigerate food properly
- Don’t mix cooked food with raw food or use the same utensils to prepare them.
- Wash hands with soap and water after touching animals, their toys, and their bedding.
- Wash raw fruits and veggies well and peel them if possible with your utility knife.
what is cross contamination?
Cross-contamination occurs when bacteria that can cause disease – are transferred from one food product or surface to another, potentially resulting in foodborne illness.
- Contaminated ingredients are added to food that receives no additional cooking.
- Ready-to-eat food comes into contact with a contaminated surface.
- A contaminated food touches, or drips fluid, onto a cooked or ready-to-eat food
- A contaminated wiping cloth touches food-contact surface.
How to prevent!
It all comes back to personal hygiene. Wash your hands thorough with warm water, clean your knives and utilities. Use different cutting boards. Clean the working surface, before and after.
If the food you bought is already been contaminated you can avoid the cross contamination by following my suggestions.