MANILA - Filipinos love to eat. Our culture offers various types of food, which are undeniably delightful and appetizing. But what if you find out that over 2,000 strains of Salmonella can thrive in home-cooked meals, would you still have that strong passion for eating?
Dr. Windell Rivera, a microbiologist, said thousands of food-poisoning bacteria may be present in home-cooked meals. These bacteria could cause diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting, and even food poisoning.
“Kahit na nailuto na ito, kung na-expose pa rin siya sa environment, puwedeng ma-contaminate ng Salmonella,” Rivera said. He added that many spore-forming microorganisms may continue to germinate even after the food is reheated.
According to Rivera, one of the most common sources of Salmonella is a dirty sponge.
Analyn Carrera, a mother, shared her experience with sponges, and how important it is to keep these clean.
“Isang sponge lang ginagamit ko sa kanila, lahat na po ‘yon. Pero sa tingin ko, hindi maganda pagkakahugas ko,” Carrera said. She said her wrong kitchen practices almost led to the food poisoning of her youngest child.
The sponge is among the most common kitchen items where various types of pores and bacteria may thrive in. Samples were collected from Carrera’s sponge. Strains of bacteria, ready to ruin one’s appetite and health, were discovered.
Rivera advised, “Ang household, lalong-lalo na sa kusina, dapat malinis, tuyo, at siyempre sa paglilinis kailangan gumamit ng liquid soap na may antibacterial component.”
Carrera said she will do what she could to keep her family safe from food poisoning bacteria. “Simula ngayon gagamit na ako ng 'antibac' para siguradong malinis, para hindi na ulit magkakasakit 'yung pamilya ko,” she said.