Bacteria can potentially be found in the food you prepare this New Year's eve
MANILA -- With the New Year just a few hours away, most people are surely busy preparing for a feast.
However, an expert says bacteria can potentially be found in just about every kind of dish that's usually prepared for the annual Media Noche.
Bacilius cereus is found in dishes with pasta or noodles, while camphylobacter, salmonella, shigella, and vibrio can usually be found in chicken dishes.
Vegetables and cheese are prone to listeria. Even canned goods are not safe since clostridium may thrive in it.
Chopping boards may also house common bacteria, especially when it is used to cut both meat and vegetables.
That's why it's important to take extra care in preparing food.
But Microbiologist Dr. Windell Rivera says bacteria may also be transferred through a regular kitchen sponge.
"Napanis yung pagkain, galing sa isang lalagyan, nilinis mo, tapos yung sponge na ginamit mo, ginamit mo rin sa iba pang utensils, yung cross-contamination is highly possible," he explains.
That's why he recommends using a dishwashing liquid with an antibacterial property to help reduce bacteria.