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Things such as open tin of canned tomato, a leaky meat package, and spoiled milk , abound in the refrigerator.
So it is hardly a surprise that a host of potentially dangerous bugs such as E.coli, salmonella listeria, campylobacter, and norovirus, which can cause upset stomach and diarrhoea, have been found lurking in the average domestic fridge.
Although a fridge is to keep food safe and minimise the chances of bacteria and mould growth, it is worrisome that it could now constitute a health hazard.
Here are the best tips for keeping your fridge germ-free.
Some bad habits encourage breeding of these harmful germs. For instance, leaving the door open for long periods is a common route through which germs infiltrate the interior because the proper storage temperature is compromised.
While it is not uncommon to find that some fridge owners regularly take all the food out of their fridge, wipe down the interior, and clean the drawers separately, however, some fridges are effectively never cleaned, and that is probably where the problems occur. To avoid contamination, properly store food that goes bad easily.
Wash and disinfect refrigerator walls and shelves. Keeping your fridge super clean is the utmost important factor of having a healthy, bacteria-free fridge. Don’t just wipe bits of food or crumbs when you see them – make it a habit to take all food items out and use anti-bacterial products for a thorough clean.
A mixture of raw and cooked meats in the fridge is tricky. Keep cooked and uncooked separate at all times.
Raw meat contains bacteria from the animal’s gut, so ensure it’s kept on the bottom shelf (to avoid juices and blood dripping on other food) and ensure it’s well covered. If it isn’t, you could be providing the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Ensure your fridge is kept at the ideal temperature to stop harmful bacteria developing or growing further. The perfect temperature is 1-4 °C and your freezer should be minus 18 °C. There temperatures keep food fresh and stops germs multiplying.
It is so easy to plonk the latest food purchase at the front of the fridge, but don’t forget about the older food sitting at the back of your fridge. Move the food around to ensure it all gets eaten (and seen!) before it goes out of date. Rotten food left deserted in the fridge creates a host of bacteria which can spread onto other foods if left too long.
It’s easy to put the latest food materials at the front of the fridge, but don’t forget about the older food sitting at the back of the fridge.
It is advisable to move the food around to ensure it all gets eaten (and seen!) before it goes out of date.
Rotten food left deserted in the fridge creates a host of bacteria which can spread onto other foods if left too long.
By SOLA OGUNDIPE
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