Be on guard against food poisoning

Food poisoning most often occurs when food is not handled or cooked properly and is ingested, causing illness.

All foods have the potential to cause food poisoning but raw meat and poultry, soft cheeses, eggs and sliced meats are vulnerable to contamination if not handled, stored or cooked properly and are likely sources.

All foods have the potential to cause food poisoning. Credit: REUTERS

Effective household and personal hygiene practices such as hand washing, cleaning and targeted disinfection are essential in helping to prevent food poisoning.

When it comes to good hygiene, women are more thorough than men, according to the Dettol Habit Study II.

It found that women are more inclined to indicate that practising good hygiene benefits others, while men and young people are less likely to acknowledge this.

Most South Africans are diligent about maintaining hand and home hygiene, safeguarding their health and the health of the people around them.

Some groups are more thorough in their approach, such as women, people aged 45 to 54, extroverts and tidy people.

The following steps will help prevent cross contamination and lower the risk of food poisoning:

Food storage

Store food in the fridge at 5C, do not overfill.