When something is contaminated, it has been infected by an unsafe organism, such as a virus, parasite, fungus, or bacteria. Food poisoning can occasionally be caused by these microbes' toxic byproducts. Your body reacts to remove the toxins once you consume anything unsafe. You may vomit, get diarrhea, stomachache,get a fever and all of these. Always consult the doctor if symtoms persist.
Various organisms and how they contaminate food:
There are ways food can be contaminated and these we can summarized how to prepare and handle to keep the food safe.
1. Contamination through chemicals.
Chemical contamination happens when some chemicals that are used in the kitchen such as disinfectants for cleaning may be left in the utensils, surface kitchen or spray that may be sprayed to uncovered food. Another thing is, the fertilizers and pesticides used in vegetable and fruits, all of these can caused food poisoning. So to prevent this food handlers must:
2. Microbial contamination
This happen when certain organisms and microbes contaminate the food
Food handlers must:
3. Physical food contamination
This happens when foreign objects such as jewelry, plastic, other food equipment contaminate food or may enter the food.
To prevent this food handlers must:
4. Allergenic food contamination
This contamination happens when a person is allergic to certain allergens and preparation of food is not properly handled.
To prevent this they must:
There are many organisms that can caused food contamination and we can describe them in how they contaminate and infect the food consumed by humans.
The reasons of food contamination are also through food production, growing, harvesting, processing slaughtering, storing and shipping. Some food especially raw food, ready to eat food, salads can be source of these harmful organisms in food.
There are ways that food can be contaminated as mentioned above together with how food must be handled and should be understood well by food handlers specially in every household. These are ways to prevent from food poisoning and the safety of food.
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