Health Action: Food Hygiene

Food poisoning is usually caused by eating food contaminated by bacteria. The risk of poisoning is increased if food is left at room temperature because any bacteria present can multiply rapidly. Food is usually safe if stored in the refrigerator because the low temperature prevents bacteria from multiplying.

Reducing the risk of contamination

In addition to keeping your kitchen clean, cook food thoroughly. Store food in airtight containers, if possible, and always use it by the recommended expiry date.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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