Clean and fresh foods should be served to ensure the safety of your family, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) stressed.
The family should see to it that the one who prepares the food must be healthy so that he/she cannot become the channel that transfers bacteria and viruses that cause illnesses and diseases.
FNRI-DOST gives the following tips to assure that the food is free of contaminants:
l. The kitchen should always be kept dry so that it won’t serve as habitat for flies, cockroaches, and rats.
2. Do not let an infected or sick person directly touch the food.
3. Wash your hands with soap and water before preparing food, before eating, and after using the comfort room.
4. Do not use your hands as stirrer. Keep them away from your mouth, nose, and hair while preparing food.
5. Use clean water for cooking and washing the dishes.
6. Cooking utensils should be washed properly especially those in direct contact with raw meat, fish, and chicken.
7. Avoid eating raw food.
8. Fruits and vegetables should be washed. Vegetables that will be eaten raw should be soaked first in a clear solution.
9. Use a separate spoon when tasting the food you are cooking.
10. Leftovers should be put in the refrigerator and heat them well before eating them again.
11. Dispose all the food residues to prevent the spread of germs.
FNRI said that following these tips, foodborne diseases like diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid fever, food poisoning, and hepatitis can be prevented from affecting the family.#