Causes and Symptoms
Food posioning can be caused by harmful bacteria such as...
- 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.
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.
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.
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.