How Safe Is Your Food?

Unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people annually – including many children. Food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances is responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers.

New threats to food safety are constantly emerging. Changes in food production, distribution and consumption; changes to the environment; new and emerging pathogens; antimicrobial resistance – all pose challenges to national food safety systems. Increases in travel and trade enhance the likelihood that contamination can spread internationally.

World Health Day this year is focused on keeping food safe from the farm to plate. Here are five food safety tips.

  1. Cleanliness- It is important to keep clean in order to avoid food poisoning. Always remember to wash fruits, vegetables, utensil, and so on, properly.
  2. Separate raw food from cooked food.
  3. Use safe water- Be sure to use safe, clean water when dealing with food.
  4. Cook your food properly and thoroughly, do not hurry the cooking process, take your time in  order to ensure that your food is safe enough to eat.
  5. Always keep your food at safe temperatures as this prevent them from going bad.

Culled from: PulseNG

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