Food safety is very important scientific discipline that describes the handling, preparations and storage of food the helps in the prevention of food borne illnesses. It includes various routines that must be followed in order to avoid severe health hazards. Food diseases can be transmitted from person to person with the severe growth of bacteria that can cause food poising. In America, approximately 48 million people were year gets sick from food borne diseases. According to one research, reduction of only 10 percent in food borne diseases can help 5 million Americans from getting sick each year.
The current challenges for food safety are somehow unpredictable because of changes in eating habits of individuals. There are changes in the production and supply of food along with the changing environment which leads to the contamination of food. Moreover, increase in the usage of the contaminated foods, such as pre-packed cookie dough, peanut butter and bagged cabbage causes illness because of the chemical packaging (www.cdc.gov).
Prevention from Food Born Illnesses
Consumers can protect themselves from food borne diseases by taking some simple precautions.
Wash and Use
Cleanliness is the fundamental principle for the personal hygiene and safety. Consumers must wash the product such as, fresh fruits, vegetables in running tab water before consuming them. In this way, the visible dirt is removed from the produce which minimizes the risk of infections. Consumer should remove the outer layer of cabbage or lettuce because bacteria can grow easily on the outer surfaces with cuts. Therefore, consumer should be careful while purchasing vegetables and fruits with scratches and cuts. Personal hygiene is also very important therefore, washing hands with soap and water is essential before preparing meals. People having kids should avoid preparing food while ...