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Home Cooking Is The Biggest Food Poisioning Risk

Home Cooking Is The Biggest Food Poisioning Risk

Tuesday, May 27th 2003

Home cooking is three times more likely to make you sick than restaurant food.

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority reports a worrying trend of hygiene problems in home kitchens. It says surveys carried out worldwide, including New Zealand, show home cooks don't always know how to keep germs at bay.

The survey published in its newsletter found that food-borne illnesses from eating food at home were three times more common than illnesses caused by cafe and restaurant food.

Auckland medical officer of health Greg Simmons says North Shore cooks are among those making mistakes. "Mistakes include not washing hands before starting to cook, not cutting meat and veggies on separate chopping boards with different utensils and not refrigerating things quickly enough after they are cooked. Hot foods can't be refrigerated", Dr Simmons says. Cool items quickly, instead of slowly and then refrigerate them. He says too many people let things cool on the bench for hours or even a whole day. "They see the fridge as a cupboard to store things rather than as somewhere to stop bugs growing". Cool cooked food quickly in shallow cooking trays and then refrigerate it. Bacteria love slow cooling mince and rice. Eggs can make you sick if they're stored in the cupboard instead of the fridge.

Nausea, stomach pains, vomiting and diarrhoea can be expected if the cook gets it wrong. Serious illness like hepatitis A or listeriosis can occur. Some food-borne illnesses can cause death or kidney disease and severe dehydration in children.

The issue is so important that the New Zealand Foodsafe Partnership has been formed to educate home cooks. Public health officials occasionally inspect peoples kitchens of serious illnesses are reported.

By Nicole Jellard

Sourced from the North Shore Times Advertiser, Tuesday May 13, 2003

Footnote from Ideal Health:

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Related health information can be found here:

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Bowel Cleanse

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Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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