Bacteria more likely to thrive in meat during summer

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Posted at May 16 2016 07:10 PM | Updated as of Jul 14 2016 12:28 PM

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Meat is a major source of protein that provides energy to the body. But it could also hold bacteria and cause food to be contaminated quickly.

As temperature rises, so does the risk of food contamination, said Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, a Department of Health spokesperson.

To stop bacteria from thriving, food, especially meat, must always be kept refrigerated, said a food specialist.

“Good temperatures para hindi tumubo ang bacteria, palaging refrigerated o kaya freezing. Importante na alagaan ‘yong mga karne kasi mga proteins ito eh, ang mga bacteria gusto ng protein," Remedios Baclig, a food consultant, said.

Meanwhile, spoiled food that comes into contact with sponge used for washing dishes may spread bacteria via cross-contamination.

The most common bacteria found in sponges is Staphylococcus Aureus, which can cause diarrhea and vomiting, Baclig said.

To cut the cycle of cross-contamination, Baclig recommended the use of an antibacterial liquid dish washing soap in sanitizing the "food contact" surfaces to wash-off food nutrients that bacteria need to multiply.

"Ang paggamit ng sanitizer o antibac, kailangan ginagamit mo 'yan sa lahat ng mga bagay--ang tawag namin ay food contact," Baclig said.