Our fear of food poisoning is in line with our other fears, such as: a fear of cancer, stomach flu, and other deadly diseases. This fear is not unfounded or irrational; food poisoning could be serious and deadly if it is not treated properly or on time.
Here are five facts and myths about food poisoning:
Myth: You have to wash raw poultry before cooking it to avoid the food poisoning.
You don’t have to wash raw meat before cooking it. You just have to make sure that meat is well done and no red or oozing blood is showing. The high temperature is a germ killer.
Fact: Always wash your hands before cooking, especially, after using the bathroom.
Fecal matter in the food could be deadly or cause a serious case of food poisoning. This is why a woman, who is going through the child labor, has to have an enema as a precaution to prevent the baby’s accidental ingestion of his mother’s feces, which would kill him instantly.
Fact: Always wash fresh fruit and vegetables before eating them to avoid the food poisoning.
All raw fruit and vegetables, even the freshest ones, can be potentially harmful to humans. They have some invisible bacteria, germs, or traces of pesticides that are not healthy to ingest. It takes a few minutes to rinse the produce and could be your lifesaver.
Fact: Don’t leave canned food in the can after opening, instead transfer the leftovers into a glass container for a later use.
Canned food are preserved and sealed in the metal containers to prevent oxygenation (mixing with oxygen), and when opened and stored for a long time in the original container the ingredients could cause botulism, which could be fatal.
Fact: Always wash thoroughly all your utensils that came in contact with raw poultry during its preparation.
All raw meat contains potentially deadly bacteria, so it is highly recommended to wash with soap and warm water all cooking surfaces that came in contact with poultry during its preparation to prevent the food poisoning.