TEMPERATURE THIS SUMMER CAUSES GERMS IN FOOD TO MULTIPLY

MANILA - While most of us are already enjoying the summer break, some bacteria are also thriving in the hot weather, a microbiologist warns.
Date Posted: Apr 13, 2015

MANILA - While most of us are already enjoying the summer break, some bacteria are also thriving in the hot weather, a microbiologist warns.

"Thirty, tataas 'yan ng 33 [Celsius]. Itong range na ito nasa optimum temperature for growth of many pathogenic or disease-causing microorganism," microbiologist Dr. Windell Rivera said.

The most common bacteria that strike during the hot months are E.coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus.

Temperature plays a huge role in the spread of bacteria. Whether in high or low temperatures, bacteria can still survive.

Even cooking at 60 - 70 °C still won't neutralize some bacteria.

Experts also remind the public not to leave food in room temperature of 30-37 °C for more than two hours.

"Hindi ibig sabihin nu'n na mapapatay mo 'yung Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter... babagal lang 'yung growth nila," he added.

"Kahit na-consume niyo pa 'yung pagkain, at may naiwan na debris doon sa lalagyan... sigurado na 'yung sponge na gagamitin [ay] magiging source of contamination."

Rivera said that the use of anti-bacterial liquid dishwashing soap is one effective way to prevent contamination.

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