Food Safety is the assurance/guarantee that food will not cause harm to the consumers when it is prepared and/or eaten according to its intended use.
Food and Water-borne Diseases
Is a group of illness caused by any infectious (bacteria, viruses and parasites) and non-infectious agents (chemical, animal and plant toxins).
Common Causes of Food and Water Borne Diseases
¨ unsafe sources of drinkng water
¨ improper disposal of human waste
¨ unhygienic practices like spitting anywhere, blowing or picking the nose
¨ unsafe food handling and preparation practices i.e. street vended foods
Five Keys to Safer Food (Source: WHO)
1. Keep Clean.
2. Separate raw and cooked foods.
3. Cook foods thoroughly.
4. Keep food at safe temperatures.
5. Use safe water and raw materials.
In case of Suspected Foodborne Illnesses
1. Preserve the evidence. If a portion of the suspected food is available, wrap it securely “danger” and freeze it.
2. Seek treatment as necessary. If symptoms persists or are severe (i.e. bloody diarrhea, excessive nausea and vomiting or high temperature), immediately consult a doctor.
3. Report the incidence to the local health department.