Since we are in the festive season, there is so much to eat and drink.
As such, the possibility of experiencing food poisoning is very high.
However, you can take a number of simple measures to prevent food
contamination and reduce your risk of getting sick from tainted food so
that you get the best out of this festive period!
Jumia Food shares some measures.
Refrigerate raw meat or poultry immediately Unless
you are preparing raw meat or poultry immediately, put them in the
refrigerator. This will prevent germs from taking over. Once it’s in the
refrigerator, however, don’t keep it for more than two or three days.
Defrost food safely
essential thing to remember is to not refrigerate food at room
temperature. The safest way to defrost food is to actually do it in the
fridge — moving it from the freezer to the fridge a day or so before you
plan to cook it. If you microwave frozen food using the defrost
settings, make sure to cook it immediately. Otherwise, bacteria has time
and an ideal temperature in which to grow.
Cool leftovers quickly
you have cooked food that you’re not going to eat straight away, cool
it as quickly as possible and store it in the fridge or freezer. Use any
leftovers from the fridge within 2 days.
Respect expiry dates
eat food that has past its expiry date, even if it looks and smells
fresh. Use-by dates are based on scientific tests that show how quickly
harmful bugs can develop in the packaged food.
Wash your hands
your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them before handling
food, as well as after touching the bin, going to the toilet, blowing
your nose or touching animals.