All of us love eating a variety of foods, but little do we think how safe is our food? Why is food safety so important? It is very important to know how safe is the food that we are eating as proper food preparation protects against various food borne diseases from bacteria that often leads to diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, dehydration, vomiting, nausea etc.
Some we even forget to check the expiry date written on the packed or frozen foods. Food safety includes knowing how to select the right foods in a grocery store, storing them properly and cooking them safely etc. Every year, thousands of people experience episodes of food borne illness.
The recent WHO research states that there are an estimated of 582 million cases of 22 different food borne diseases and 3, 51,000 associated deaths. Over 40% of children are suffering from contaminated food diseases. Generally as food changes hands, bacteria, viruses and pathogens are transferred which lead to food poisoning, diarrhea, dehydration and Hepatitis C. Hence contamination and adulteration of food has become a major worry thus there is a massive need for safety terms and proper distribution of food.
Experts suggest that food must be cooked at 70 deg C. Cooking food at the right temperature is of great significance to prevent food contamination. The right temperature for cooking foods must be 70 deg C whether it is baking, boiling, frying or grilling.
This temperature ensures that the heat penetrates to each part of the food and thus kills the bacteria. It is important that we eat fresh hot food daily. It is always recommended that non-vegetarian food must be cooked. In undercooked or uncooked non-vegetarian food there are chances of pathogens which grow rapidly causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Salmonella is one of the most common bacterial causes of diarrhea and lives in the intestinal tract of humans. Listed below are some easy foods handling tips that you could follow to keep your food safe.
Food spoilage can occur anytime such as during handling food, preparation of food and storage of food. Following these simple and easy precautions could aid in reducing the chance of food borne illnesses in your family.
Enjoy cooking and eating healthy foods to stay hale and hearty. Always remember that: “VahrehVah is all about inspiring others to cook”!