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How clean is your kitchen?

18.09.2013

Shockingly every year, there are more than a million cases of food poisoning in Nigeria, including 20,000 hospitalisations and 500 deaths. A very dirty kitchen is home to pathogens, which when in contact with food and ingested can be very life threatening to people.  Here are some Kitchen Hygiene tips to help you maintain a healthy kitchen and avoid being exposed to food poisoning.

1. Clearing space - Clear work surfaces of things you won’t need and clean them with hot, soapy water or disinfectant. Get pets out of the way.

2. Hand washing - Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, rinse well and dry.

3. Fridge - Make sure your fridge is set between 0°C and 5°C. Keep raw meat and poultry in covered containers on the bottom shelf to avoid contaminating other foods.

4. Chopping board - Wash your board and other utensils in hot soapy water when you've finished using them and in between preparing raw and ready-to-eat food.

5. Cloths - Change or wash your tea towels, sponges, aprons and dish cloths at least once a week.

6. Cleaning - Use disinfectant and cleaning products meant for use in the kitchen. They have been specially formulated to be effective against germs while being safe to use around food.

7. Cooking - Cook poultry, pork, burgers, sausages and kebabs until steaming hot with no pink meat left inside and no juices (blood) should be running in the food.

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