DOH reminds public to keep an eye of their food preparation to avoid food poisoning

March 22, 2012 1:10 am 

MANILA,March 21 –The Department of Health (DOH) reminds the public to keep an eye on their food preparations to protect themselves from possible food poisoning especially this summer time with fiesta as typical occassion that entails more eating.

Assistant Secretary Dr. Eric Tayag, DOH spokesperson said that people should maintain cleanliness and prepare foods properly to prevent it from getting spoiled or worse lead them to food poisoning.

"Sapagkat sa init ng panahon ito ay nagsisilbing o masasabi nating pinapaboran ang pagdami ng mga mikrobyo na makikita natin sa mga kontaminadong pagkain," he said.

Foods that are easily spoiled like pansit should be eaten right away, Tayag said, noting the need to store foods in the freezer or cold areas or foods needed to be kept warm.

"Pansit or food riched in sauce should right away be eaten as it takes only about two hours for the pansit to spoil,"Tayag said.

Meats should be properly cooked or doing away with pink the parts and as much as possible reheat foods only twice in an microwave, he added.

Clean water should be taken into consideration while cooking as it could be source of food contamination as well as maintaining clean hands, Tayag added.

Vomiting, stomach ache or abdominal cramps with a combination a diarrhea or fever are among the signs and symptoms of food poisoning, Tayag added.(PNA) RSV/SDT/utb

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