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This is the process by which microorganisms like bacteria are transferred from one substance to another, often unintentionally as in unsafe food preparation.
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Cross-contamination in food preparation is a serious concern, particularly in restaurants and other commercial kitchens. Many foods (uncooked meats, poultry, fish, etc) may be contaminated by microorganisms, bacteria, etc. Cross-contamination is when these contaminants transfer from that food item to another object (your hands, cutting board, knife, etc). It can also refer to when contaminants on an object or person are transferred to food items (ie, someone who is ill doesn't wash their hands before preparing food). Cross-contamination can result in food-borne illnesses which can be quite serious. To prevent cross-contamination, follow these steps: Wash hands thoroughly with hot water and soap before handling food items. If handling raw or undercooked meat, poulty, fish, eggs, etc., also wash hands after handling such items. Use separate or disposable wipes/sponges for cleaning surfaces in between preparation stages. Contaminants can live in sponges and dishclothes. Thoroughly wash any prep items (cutting boards, knives, mixing bowls) in between prep stages. A solution of one tbsp. chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of water may be used to decontaminate counter surfaces/floors/ cabinetry if desired. Decontaminate sponges by soaking them in bleach solutions for 2-3 hours, or by microwaving them. Discard sponges after 6 months or so. Be sure to wash dishclothes and aprons regularly. Keep raw and cooked items separate to avoid contaminating the cooked items (cooking kills most common contaminants). Keep raw meats, poultry, fish, etc, on the bottom shelf of your fridge to prevent leaks from contaminating other items. Many grocery stores now even have plastic bags available in the meat sections in order to protect other items in your shopping cart. Use separate cooking utensils for raw and cooked items. Do not serve cooked food with the utensils used in cooking or prep. Never place cooked food back on the same plate or cutting board that previously held raw items unless you have washed the surface thoroughly! Sauce that is used to marinate raw meat, poultry, fish, etc, should not be served on cooked food unless the sauce is thoroughly cooked (preferably boiled) first.
Cross Contamination is the term used to describe the transfer of bacteria from a source to a high risk food, eg. cooked meat products, dairy products, egg dishes etc (High protein foods).Sources of food poisoning bacteria are raw foods such as raw meat and poultry, humans, insects, animals and birds, rodents, dust, refuse and waste food.
Cross contamination is when a contaminated food (such as raw meat) contaminates a non contaminated food, via coming in contact with each other. eg. using the same chopping board for both vegetables and uncooked chicken.
its where say raw chicken touches pepper or something it will cross contaminate causing bad bacteria which is harmful
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How do you avoid cross contamination?

The best way to avoid cross contamination is to start by washing your hands thoroughly before working with the food. Your hands can contain bacteria from numerous different so

What are 3 ways you can prevent cross contamination?

1) Always wash anything that comes in contact with raw meats with hot soapy water. This includes your hands, knives or other tools , counter tops and cutting boards. 2) Use

What is the difference between cross contamination and contamination?

A contamination is the introduction of an undesired substance (chemical, microbiological or other) into a starting material, intermediate or finished product. A cross contami

What can you do to prevent the cross contamination of foods?

all of the above Wash work surfaces, knifes and hands after handing raw meats, poultry. Better yet use separate cutting boards for raw meat poultry and another for fresh produ

How can cross contamination occur?

Cross contamination is when a contaminated food (such as raw meat) contaminates a non contaminated food, via coming in contact with each other. eg. using the same chopping boa

How do you prevent food cross contamination?

To prevent cross contamination from raw meat, which can contain salmonella, Store raw meat at the botton of the fridge so that juices from the meat do nto drip onto other food

What are the most common causes of cross contamination?

Dirty hands, equipment and utensils. Cross contamination occurs most commonly when utensils and surfaces are not properly disinfected before reusing them, especially when the

How can cross contamination cause food poisoning?

After you have cooked something, it has no (or very few) dangerous microbes left in it. However, if it comes in contact with something that is not prepared or safe - the conta

What is meant by cross contamination in food handling?

Cross contamination means that bacteria from one kind of food has been transferred to another, by direct contact or by handling both foods without washing your hands in betwee

What is the difference between Cross Contact and cross-contamination?

No difference, cross-contamination is when you cut raw meat on a surface and then cut fresh vegetables on the same surface without properly cleaning and /or sanitizing. Cross

What is meant by the term cross-contamination?

Cross Contamination is the process of passing bacteria from one place to the other. There are two main types of cross contamination: Direct Cross Contamination (For example:

Why is it important to prevent cross contamination?

Cross contamination is important to avoid because if you contaminate a utensil such as a cutting board or knife with meat products, then you put anyone who eats something that

What food cross contamination are there?

Well, I can tell you an example. Ok, let's say you had a raw piece of beef that's really juicy in a piece of tin foil in the top shelf of your fridge. Now let's say a hole was
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Why is cross contamination bad?

If you look at this in a practical example, it might be easier to understand. If you went to a resturant, you would not want to see a server scratching his hair/beard while s