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Food and Kitchen Hygiene

Unwashed vegetables, left out slices of fruit or piece of meat in a refrigerator can be dangerous for your health.
The open sour cream, even if it is left in the refrigerator for more than two days, can be potentially unsafe for the one who finishes it. All the dairy products are prone to spoil faster than any other product due to the bacteria in them which multiply very fast. If the food is not stored properly at home, when it is being transported or if it is not prepared and washed properly we may face serious consequences.

Young woman washing lettuce at kitchen sink, close-up of hands
Young woman washing lettuce at kitchen sink, close-up of hands

All of it could potentially be contaminated with: bacteria, parasites, chemical substances, pesticides and preservatives. Improper food handling can affect the taste, smell and look. Also expired food should never be consumed unless it goes through quality control.

Let`s start with the proper choice of products. You always need to pick fresh and healthy food produced by a reliable company which guaranties your safety. Next your refrigerator must be cleaned thoroughly every 15 days preferably with a mixture of lemon juice and vinegar. Most of the food in it is kept in plastic bags and containers which: affect the temperature, keep the food moist and create perfect conditions for bacterial growth. In a sense of the word the refrigerator is an ideal incubator for bacteria.
The refrigerator’s drawer for fruit and vegetables is considered to have 780 times more bacteria than any other space in it. It is advised all the food stored to be separated in covered containers with temperatures of 2 to 8 °C and -18°C in the freezer.

Hygiene is of the at most importance; proper rinsing and washing of products, cleaning the kitchen and our own cleanliness or the person who prepares the food for you. Usually a piece of cabbage or stalk of leek is only rinsed from the outside even though the inside can have a lot of microorganisms. The best approach is to wash them from the outside and then cut them open and rinse them from inside. When you eat fresh food make sure you wash it under a strong stream of water. People who handle and prepare food need to wash their hands as often as they can. The same applies for all the kitchen utensils and cutlery, keep them clean and you will be safe.

If the previous conditions are not met, food poisoning is the first reaction of the body. The first symptoms are 72 hours after consuming the food. First to react is our stomach. Usually we experience sharp pain or cramps, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, dizziness, loss of consciousness, sweating, fever, headache…In this situation we need to replenish our body with fluids; water, unsweetened tea, plenty of electrolytes, probiotics, easily digestible food, medicine for the microflora and in severe cases we need to get our stomach pumped or take antibiotics. Do not take on your own anything until you get a professional advice for your condition!

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