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Six tips to avoid food poisoning

When you’re feeling hungry, you may rummage through the fridge looking for anything to eat. You may not be completely sure the food is alright to eat, and perform the good old ‘sniff test’. But then just a few hours later, you begin feeling ill.
House Call Doctor, a [url=]Brisbane after-hours GP[/url] service, sees hundreds of patients who suffer food poisoning.
Here are some tips to ensure you don’t get food poisoning again:
[b]1. [/b][b]Use separate chopping boards [/b]
Before raw meat is cooked, it can be laced with harmful bacteria. Preparing raw products on a separate board to ready-to-eat food like vegetables, will ensure cross contamination of these bacteria will not occur.
[b]2. [/b][b]Keep food outside of the temperature danger zone[/b]
The bacteria that causes food poisoning flourishes between 5 and 60 degrees. Keep food in the fridge and limit the time your meals spend inside this zone to reduce food poisoning.
[b]3. [/b][b]Thaw food in the fridge or microwave [/b]
A lot of people leave frozen food out on the kitchen bench for the day. However the outside of the food will defrost first before the centre, which creates the perfect temperature for bacteria to multiply.
[b]4. [/b][b]Leftovers in the fridge should be thrown out in 2 days
[/b]This is a general rule for perishable foods. If foods have been sitting in the food danger zone for longer than 4 hours, they should be discarded immediately. For an in-depth break down check out the chart on [url=]Food Safety Gov[/url].
[b]5. [/b][b]Respect use-by dates [/b]
Even if it looks and smells okay, do not consume foods past their use-by dates. These have been specifically formulated by scientists who have tested how quickly bacteria develops in packaged foods. You can be a little more lenient with best before dates, as these dates indicate the retention of original quality.
[b]6. [/b][b]Wash your hands before and during food prep[/b]
Consistently wash your hands during food preparation with warm soapy water. Whether you have handled raw foods, sneezed, touched the bin or patted your animal, washing your hands can stop the cross-contamination between what you have been in contact with and your dinner.

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