Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Avoid food poisoning by thorough washing and proper cooking

Avoid food poisoning by thorough washing and proper cooking New Delhi, August 09, 2016: With thorough washing and proper cooking of fruits and vegetables one can eliminate most bacteria that cause food poisoning, said Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal – President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Honorary Secretary General IMA. Food-borne illnesses or food poisoning usually comes from eating food tainted with bacteria or their toxins. Virus and parasites can also be behind the food poisoning. People have long known that raw meat, poultry and eggs can also harbor disease–causing microbes. But in recent years most outbreaks of food–borne illnesses are due to fresh fruits and vegetables. Food poisoning can cause abdominal pain, nausea, headache, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. Symptoms may appear several hours to several days after eating tainted food. For example, Salmonella bacteria will cause illness 12 hours to 3 days after ingestion lasting about 4–7 days. The most common way to treat food poisoning is to drink plenty of fluids. The sickness usually subsides within a few days. Ways to prevent food poisoning at home • Wash your hands, utensils and food surfaces often • Keep raw foods separate from ready-to-eat foods • Cook foods to a safe temperature • Refrigerate or freeze perishable foods promptly — within two hours of purchasing or preparing them. • Defrost food safely. ... • Throw food when in doubt of out when in doubt • Do not eat uncovered cut fruits and vegetables available on the streets • Do not drink water that is not boiled

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