If food isn’t handled, cooked or stored properly, it can make you sick. This can mean vomiting, diarrhoea and/or stomach pain. For some people who have a chronic illness, food poisoning can be very dangerous. Food poisoning happens when bacteria (germs) grow and reproduce in food. This happens most often when the temperature of food is neither very hot nor very cold (between 5 degrees celcius and 60 degrees celcius [°C]). Food poisoning can be prevented by handling, cooking and storing food in ways that avoid this temperature ‘danger zone’.
Cooking food properly is a way to keep it safe.
Take extra care when storing these foods when they are raw, and after they have been cooked: