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Keep your child safe from food poisoning

Keep your child safe from food poisoning

Food bugs and food poisoning occurs when food is not prepared in the right way, leading to the introduction of germs into your child’s body.

Besides honey, which doesn’t come with an expiration date, almost all other foods have the potential to cause food-borne illness.

Why are young children more at risk?
Food poisoning occurs when harmful microorganisms, such as viruses and bacteria, that contaminate poorly handled food attack the body directly or indirectly through their toxins. Young children are often more susceptible to food-borne illnesses because their stomachs produce only a small amount of acid that can kill harmful bacteria.

Signs and symptoms of food poisoning
Children who have eaten contaminated food often show the following symptoms:

Common microorganisms that cause food poisoning
These are the common microorganisms that cause food poisoning:

Tips for preventing food poisoning

Keep hot food hot and cold food cold
Keep food hot (above 60°C or 140°F) if it is not eaten right away. Make use of hot plates. Keep foods that require refrigeration at temperatures below -4°C. If they are allowed warm-up, it will provide conditions that are suitable for microorganisms to grow. So, when traveling with cold foods, take a cooler with ice or freezer packs with you.

When to discard your food
It is advisable to dispose of the food if:

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