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The Danger of Salmonella and How It Can Be Prevented

23/04/2014

Salmonella | Initial Malaysia

Salmonella is one of the common factors that cause food poisoning in Malaysia. In March 2014, a five-year-old boy died from food poisoning after eating a fried chicken bought at a night market. There was also a case where 158 students at a boarding school were reported to have fallen sick after consuming contaminated food from the canteen in February this year.

As the numbers of food poisoning cases are increasing rapidly, let’s take a look at what is Salmonella and how it can be prevented.

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a bacterium that can be found in the gastrointestinal tract of wild and domestic animals, such as birds (especially poultry), reptiles and occasionally humans.

Infection from Salmonella, which is known as Salmonellosis, can cause watery and sometimes bloody diarrhoea, abdominal pain, headache, nausea, vomiting and fever.

How can it be prevented?

Many cases of Salmonellosis can be prevented with the correct storage and cooking of foods. Besides that, by practising hygienic food handling and preparation procedures can also help in minimising the spread of Salmonella.

It is crucial that food handlers wash their hands thoroughly with hand soap for at least 45 seconds before preparing food, after using the toilet and after in contact with domestic or farm animals to prevent infection.

What are the negative impacts of poor hygiene to restaurant owners?

• Bad reviews from customers leading to damaged of business reputation and poor reflection of your brand image
• Cross contamination between front and back of house staff, leading to foodborne diseases
• Closure or financial penalties due to failure to comply with food safety regulations

For more information of ways to increase the standard of hygiene in your business, please click here or call us at 1800 882 388.

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Source: The Star and Wales Online UK

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