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Are you purchasing your food from a safe source?

Food is a vital part of maintaining proper health and a nutritious diet.  If the foods we eat are not handled and prepared in a hygienic manner the consequences can be detrimental to our health. When purchasing our foods it is of critical importance that we pay special attention to the activities going on around us. 
Observe the cleanliness of the premises you are buying your food from. It is not an easy task to keep a food handling establishment clean, if the operator is not a tidy person. Hence having a well-kept and sanitary establishment is the first step in producing a safe food. In taking note of the cleanliness of the premises there are certain things that will be more evident in the food display area of an unhygienic food premises.
·         Cobwebs hanging from the ceiling and in corners.
·         Excessive dust and dirt on shelves and counter.
·         Over filled garbage receptacle(s).
·         Brooms, mops and other cleaning items in the food display area.
·         Live or dead insects
·         Rodents (rats) droppings
·         Chemicals and other toxic items in the food area.
In the process of preparing food the potential of contamination is very high. This risk increases exponentially when the food handler has no regards for personal and food hygienic practices. Consequently this may result in the consumer eating unsafe food and getting sick. For this purpose it is imperative that the consumer pays attention to the person handling and preparing their food. According to the Center of Disease control and prevention (CDC) they estimate that 97% of food borne illness can be linked to improper handling of food in the homes and restaurants. As a result a food handlers who;
·         Talks excessively over  the food
·         Do not practices frequent hand washing
·         Do not wear proper protective clothing (hair nets)
·         Has long or dirty nails
·         Whitlow fingers
·         Boils and rash on the uncovered areas of the body
·         Has on jewelry while preparing food
Will likely contaminate your food and hence as consumers you need to be more skeptic about buying food from these sources.

Finally, it’s critical that you purchase foods from certified establishments. This means an establishment that has been certified by the Ministry of Health to sell food to the public. Such premise will have a health certificate posted in a conspicuous area of the food premises.  The significance for this is that these premises are monitored by a public Health Inspector periodically and have satisfied the minimum requirements under the Public Health Law to sell food.  At some point in our daily activities we take on the role of a consumer therefore, it’s essential that we are cognitive of these facts that will assist us in purchasing safer and wholesome foods for ourselves and family members. 



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