Food Poisoning

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Causes and Symptoms

Food posioning can be caused by harmful bacteria such as...

  • Samonella
  • E-coli
  • Listeria monocytigenes
  • Bacillus cereus
  • Staphylococus aureus

The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, fever and headaches.

Some food posioning can cause death in children and if pregnancy can damage foetus or lead to miscarriage.

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Preventing Food Poisoning - Practice Good Personal

  • Don't lick fingers or bowls
  • Don't cough, sneeze or smoke over food.
  • Don't touch spots or pick scabs.
  • Keep nails short and clean.
  • Wash hands throughly. 
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Preventing Food Poisoning - In the Kitchen...

  • Clean all equipment, cutlery etc throughly with hot soapy water.
  • Sterilise babies' feeding equipment
  • Clean work surfaces, sinks etc with antibacterial cleaner
  • Ensure all foods, especially cook-chill meals, are heated correctly.
  • Throw away any left over reheated food.
  • Empty the rubbish bin regularly
  • Keep pets out and use seperate cutlery and bowls for them.
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Preventing Food Poisoning - Store Food Correctly

  • Use sell-by and use-by dates correctly
  • Keep food covered
  • Follow storage instructions on labels
  • Keep the frdige temperature between 1 degrees celclius and 4 degress celcius and the freezer at -18.
  • Avoid cross contamination by keep raw and cooked foods apart.
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