How to store and prepare food safely

By: JULIET MARTIN


posted on: June 16th, 2020

Keeping good food hygiene means preparing and storing food safely, so that it will not cause disease. We do not always realise its importance, but there are simple things we can do to make sure our food is safe.

WHY IS FOOD HYGIENE IMPORTANT?

More than 200 different diseases can be caught from food. This includes salmonella, E-coli and tapeworms, which have symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea. These diseases cause 137,000 deaths per year in Africa, mostly of children under 5.

Food hygiene is important everywhere, for example: at home, in schools, in hotels, in hospitals, and at food markets.

HOW DO WE CATCH DISEASES FROM FOOD?

Food can contain pathogens, which are tiny organisms that make us ill. Some pathogens will change the appearance of food. For example, they might make the food go mouldy. However, some pathogens will not change the appearance of food, so it is important to make sure all of our food is safe.

TIPS FOR FOOD HYGIENE

The WHO (World Health Organisation) gives 5 tips for preparing food safely:

If we make sure that we pay attention to food hygiene, we can provide safe and healthy food for our families and ourselves. Remember that we cannot always see if food or water is unsafe, so it is important to be sure before using it.

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