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DON’T ALWAYS BLAME IT ON THE ANIMAL

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When there is a case of a meat product poisoning, people always blame it on an infected animals.

However, this should not be the case because some foods become contaminated at different stages of a food chain.

These may include:

At the farm
  • Animal feed can be contaminated with bacteria such as Salmonella which can cause infection in animals and potentially lead to human infection from derived food products
  • Parasites may infect food producing animals
  • Milk can be contaminated by coming into contact with for example faeces or environmental dust
  • Animal skin and fur can be contaminated by faeces and environment
  • Eggs and different vegetables can also be contaminated at the farm
During slaughter
  • Meat can be contaminated by coming into contact with intestinal contents or animal skin
In the kitchen
  • Microbes can be transferred from one food to another by improper use of kitchen utensils or by infected humans handling the food

Ways to prevent food poisoning?

  • Observe hygienic food handling practices
  • Proper storage after harvest and preparation
  • Avoid contamination with poisonous materials
  • Store any chemicals away from food

You can get more of this article on European Food Safety Authority’s website.

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