Parasites in fish may cross contaminate, lead to food poisoning
MANILA - Many of us believe that fish is a healthier, safer alternative to meat. Experts, however, say that eating fish may have its own dangers.
Dr. Windell Rivera, a microbiologist, revealed what he found when he tested raw fish samples through the microscope. “Contaminated ng E. coli, salmonella, listeria, campylobacter, at may mga nematodes tulad ng anisakis,” Rivera said.
Moreover, Rivera warned that these parasites can thrive in cooked fish. “Puwede talagang mailipat ‘yong larvae or ‘yong eggs ng worm na nanggaling sa fish, papunta doon sa ibang utensils at ibang food na pine-prepare ninyo,” he added.
Cross contamination is among the leading causes of food poisoning. It is an avoidable incident that we can prevent with the right kitchen practices.
Take the case of Tita Cuenca, a mother, who admitted that her wrong kitchen practices resulted in her child’s sickness.
“'Yong bangus, ginamitan ko ng chopping board; hindi ko siya gaanong hinugasan,” Cuenca said. She admitted that she was then using bar soaps in washing the dishes. She also believed that it was the root cause of the problem.
When her sponge was tested under the microscope, Cuenca was surprised to see the number of bacteria thriving on it.
“I prefer na mag-iingat ako, para hindi na magkasakit ang mga bata; I will use an antibac soap,” Cuenca said.
Rivera advised that moms should always ensure the cleanliness of their kitchens. He also said that with proper cleaning, cross contamination of either bacteria or parasite can be eliminated. “Gumamit sila ng dishwashing liquid na may antibacterial component,” Rivera said.