Saturday, March 3, 2012


It is true that many traditional kitchen practices, especially in middle class families, pose safety hazards but in most developing countries this risk is more than offset by severe heating all foods are subjected to before consumption. In contrast many developed countries have "safe" modern kitchens with high level of sanitation designed to protect the citizens from a multitude of diseases caused by pathogenic viruses and bacteria. Still careless practices by house wives can still endanger the lives of such families through serious infections. Predominant consumption of salads and animal derived food products only accentuate the problem. Only recently a warning has been issued in the US regarding the possibility of widespread Norovirus contamination for which guidelines have been issued by the Authorities concerned. Here is a list of precautions recommended for avoiding serious infection episodes at the house hold level.  

"Every year, 76 million Americans get sick from food, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nothing you can do will ever guarantee 100 percent protection against food-borne illness, but taking certain precautions can help reduce your risk. Some of these protective steps are common sense, like washing your hands before you eat. Others aren't so obvious. Read on to discover five surprising sources of food-borne "bugs" in your kitchen that we've written about in EatingWell Magazine, and how to protect yourself."

Though the suggestions made look pedestrian bordering on being silly, they still deserve all the attention they deserve. It is advisable that every house hold takes special precaution to keep their kitchen place neat and tidy.
Refrigerator the most ubiquitous gadget without which modern life becomes unbearable is a veritable source of dangerous vectors and most house wives fail to keep it clean with frequent cleaning and disinfection practice. Though smart refrigerators are in the market with computer aided "management" capability, ultimately there is no substitute to human vigilance if any food related episodes are to be avoided.


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