COLD DRINKS MAY CAUSE POISONING WHEN CONTAMINATED

MANILA - To counter the intense heat of summer, people usually buy cold refreshments. These drinks are usually sold on streets, inviting various types of bacteria to contaminate them.
Date Posted: Apr 22, 2015

MANILA - To counter the intense heat of summer, people usually buy cold refreshments. These drinks are usually sold on streets, inviting various types of bacteria to contaminate them.

Milk drinks may give us a quick relief from the irritating heat of summer. They may, however, pose dangers to our health.

They can be home to various types of bacteria, which may cause diarrhea, food poisoning, and even death. And just recently, two people died after drinking contaminated milk tea.

“Ang milk ay complete medium para sa growth ng microorganisms -- may proteins diyan, may carbohydrates. Gustung-gusto ng mikrobyo na tumira sa ganyang klaseng environment kasi marami siyang makukuhang pagkain,” said Dr. Windell Rivera, a microbiologist.

Deadly bacteria, such as salmonella, E. coli, listeria, and staphylococcus, can thrive in both milk and cream. These bacteria may cause fever, nausea, vomiting, and muscular pains.

Refrigerating milk products, however, does not guarantee their safety; heating, on the other hand is considered to be even more dangerous.

Some tips to avoid milk-induced food poisoning:
1. Always check the expiration date of each ingredient used in milk drinks.
2. Do not consume milk that is left for a long time in room temperature.
3. Dairy products should not be consumed after one week, even if they were kept in the refrigerator.

“Maglilinis tayo ng mga gamit na contaminated ng milk or milk products, gumamit na tayo ng dishwahing liquid na mayroong antibacterial component,” Dr. Rivera said.

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