How to avoid food poisoning during summer time

Food poisoning is a condition caused by the consumption of food or drink contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses or parasites. In summer, due to high temperatures, such microorganisms multiply very quickly in perishable foods.

The main symptoms occurring food poisoning are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The intensity of these symptoms can vary from case to case, taking into account factors such as age, general health condition and the type of microorganism causing the infection.

Usually, food poisoning do not persist for more than 2-3 days and the symptoms gradually disappear. There are also cases of severe food poisoning, manifested by severe symptoms that should alarm you and should determine you to immediately visit the doctor.

To prevent food poisoning we recommend the following measures:

-          Consume foods that are properly processed;

-          Prepare the meat at proper temperature; avoid consuming meat and sausage from unsafe sources;

-          Do not consume unpasteurized dairy products;

-          Consume the food immediately after its preparation, not after spending hours at ambient temperature;

-          Store properly the food that was prepared/ cooked;

-          Avoid contact between raw and cooked food;

-          Wash your hands properly and often;

-          Do not eat unwashed fruits and vegetables, even if they seem to be clean.

-          Keep a rigorous cleaning on all kitchen surfaces;

-          Protect access to food from insects and properly remove the leftovers;

-          Use only potable water to food preparation.

 

Food poisoning can be prevented easily. However, when it occurs, contact your doctor.