Hot weather causes bacteria to thrive in food

Summer is about to end. That's why a lot of people are taking advantage of the remaining sunny days to go on outings. However, a health expert warns that harmful bacteria thrive in hot weather. This could lead to gastroenteritis or worse, food poisoning.
Date Posted: May 23, 2016

Summer is about to end. That's why a lot of people are taking advantage of the remaining sunny days to go on outings.
However, a health expert warns that harmful bacteria thrive in hot weather. This could lead to gastroenteritis or worse, food poisoning.

“Ang bacteria, ‘yan ay mga 18-24 hours. Ganoon kabilis [mag-multiply],” Dr. Marian De Leon, a microbiologist, said.

For food safety, proper handling of food in the kitchen is advised to stop the spread of bacteria via cross-contamination.

“Halimbawa, hindi tayo gumamit ng malinis na kagamitan, maaaring maipasa natin ‘yong mga mikrobyong sanhi ng mga sakit doon sa mga pagkain na inihahanda natin,” De Leon explained.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to avoid food contamination, cold food must be kept at or below 40 °F, while hot food must be held at 145 °F and above. Both hot and cold food must not be left out at room temperature for more than two hours.

Meanwhile, to sanitize the sponge teeming with bacteria, De Leon recommends using dishwashing liquid soaps that have antibacterial properties.

“Malaking bagay ang paggamit ng antibacterial dishwashing liquid kasi nakakatulong talaga sya sa pagbaba ng pagdami ng mikrobyo,” De Leon said.

“Kasabay din 'nun ‘yung paggamit ng tama sa ating mga sponges,” she added.

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