Why is Food Hygiene So Important?

September 1, 2021 5:27 pm


Whether you work at a supermarket, a restaurant or are cooking at home, food hygiene is important. Handling food safely with the necessary precautions can prevent serious illness caused by contamination. It is more important than ever to raise awareness of the importance of food hygiene as there are more recalls and outbreaks being reported than ever before.

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  1. The first reason why food hygiene is so important is the simple fact that if food is not safe to eat, we can’t eat it. The same goes for drinking water. If it doesn’t come from a reputable source, we would not drink it.
  2. Secondly, it is necessary in order to prevent food poisoning caused by parasites, bacteria and viruses found in contaminated food. Every day, people worldwide become ill from food they have eaten. Food poisoning can cause symptoms ranging from mild gastroenteritis to kidney failure and even death. The risk increases for certain vulnerable groups of people such as those with weakened immune systems due to pregnancy, age or cancer.

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  1. It is not easy to tell whether food and drink is contaminated or not. A food can look and smell perfectly fine but still be contaminated which is why good food hygiene is key.
  2. Good food hygiene and safety prevents bacteria from multiplying and reaching dangerous levels of contamination.

Hopefully, after reading this, you feel more confident as to why food hygiene is so important, and will implement it in your workplace and home to keep everyone, including you, safe. Having a Food Hygiene Check done at your workplace can be a good way to make sure you are doing everything correctly. I recommend contacting hygienecheck. Poor hand washing is responsible for a large amount of food poisoning cases, so never assume that an adult knows how to wash their hands properly. Instructions in bathrooms and kitchens about how and when to wash your hands can be helpful for preventing contamination.