"food poisoning" prevention

BY A STAFF REPORTER | Monday, March 27, 2006 11:3:49 IST
Do you really know whatís cooking in your kitchen?
Regular soap does not kill germs.
Common soaps only help wash the germs off your skin. Better to wash with good antibacterial soaps, which clean your hands and kill germs. Don’t be concerned if you’ve read about building up resistance or creating ‘supergerms.’ You will not be attacked by mutant bacteria. A soapy hand-wash is still always healthy. Scrub your palms, between your fingers, across the top and under your fingernails for about 10 seconds-the time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’-then rinse and repeat for another verse.
Between 50 percent and 80 percent of all food-borne illnesses are contracted in the home.
Restaurants and supermarkets are bound to health codes by law: Food storage, food handling, utensil cleaning and cooking temperatures are all regulated. In the home, all bets are off. . There are more than 250 known food-borne diseases, including botulism, salmonella, shigella, listeria, campylobacter and hepatitis A.Continue Reading Kitchen germs