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Food Safety and Hygiene - What Are The Most At Risk Foods?

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If you work within the food or hospitality industry then you likely know just how careful you need to be when it comes to dealing with food safety. Storage, handling, prep work, and of course cooking all need to be handled with the utmost care.

In the post COVID-19 world, proper hygiene and food safety are more important than ever before. So, let’s answer the question posed by the title what foods are most at risk? Well, the best answer to this question is every food is at risk.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a fruit, vegetable, meat, dairy, fish, or poultry - every food is at risk in some way. Viruses and bacteria pose the most risk to all these types of food, but you can ensure you are always sufficiently protected by following proper food safety and hygiene procedures.

Below, we’ll examine the viruses and bacteria you need to know about. We’ll also look at how these can spread and what types of food they can affect. Seeing some of them listed like this can be a little overwhelming but the good news is you can combat these bacteria and viruses in much the same way by following proper food safety and hygiene procedures.

Bacteria’s and Viruses 

All food is at risk to harm from bacteria and viruses which is why anyone working with food (in any form) should follow strict food safety and hygiene procedures. Let’s take a more in-depth look at some of the bacteria and viruses you need to know about.

Bacillus Cereus: While this is one of the less serious bacteria, it can still cause a very unpleasant sickness that can last for up to 24-hours. Many foods can be affected by this bacteria most commonly sauces and soups. It commonly occurs when foods are stored incorrectly, for example if food is left out and not refrigerated.

Clostridium Perfringens: This bacteria typically infects meats and poultry but any food that is cooked at the wrong temperature or left out for too long can be affected. This bacteria can cause severe stomach cramps and is best prevented by ensuring foods are thoroughly cooked and that any leftovers are properly stored within an hour or two at most. A good cooking thermometer to check temperatures could be invaluable as well.

E. Coli: Probably one of the most well-known bacteria E. Coli can cause many unpleasant symptoms. The most at-risk foods are ground beef, unpasteurised milk, cheese, fruits and vegetables. E. Coli can spread in dirty environments so the best way to protect foods is to ensure proper hygiene at all times, like thoroughly washing your hands regularly, using protective gloves, and ensuring meats are properly cooked.

Salmonella: Salmonella is another well-known bacteria and it can infect a wide number of different foods including meats, poultry, fruits, nuts, eggs, and more. Salmonella is again caused by poor hygiene but meats and foods like eggs are more high risk and can be infected due to poor cooking quality / temperature.

Norovirus: Norovirus can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms, including vomiting and nausea. Fish is of particular risk but so are ready-to-eat foods like those you would find at a deli counter, as well as common snack foods like sandwiches, cakes, fruits, and much more. Poor hygiene conditions are the number one cause of this virus which is why regular cleaning and strict food safety procedures should be followed. Things like fruit, vegetables, and shellfish should all be thoroughly washed before cooking as well.

These are just 5 of the more common bacteria and viruses people working in the food industry need to be aware of. Many of them share similar causes, namely poor hygiene and food safety at some part of the food delivery / cooking process. Because of the dangers these bacteria and viruses represent, it’s essential anyone working in the food industry has proper food safety training.

How We Can Help! 

Due to the risks involved, anyone working with food in any capacity should know all about food safety. This is easy to achieve with an online food safety course from eduzuu. At eduzuu we offer high-quality training for all kinds of things and we are proud to offer a wide range of food safety courses.

We offer food safety level 1, food safety level 2, and even food safety level 3! So, you can complete all levels and get a full, in-depth understanding of food safety. We don’t stop there though, we also offer specialist courses for each sector including catering, manufacturing, and retail.

The food industry is vast and at eduzuu we can help anyone get a proper understanding of food safety. We also offer a supervising food safety level 3 course and a health and safety course as well. At eduzuu you can find everything you need to ensure you are always adhering to proper food safety and hygiene procedures. So, if you work with food and want to ensure maximum safety get in touch with eduzuu today.

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