Some people think that food poisoning is a mild illness which if anything might help them lose weight, but I recently watched this clip about a man who contracted Campylobacter food poisoning and developed Guillain-Barré syndrome, causing him to be paralysed. Having seen a friend also go through similar slow recovery from this syndrome, I know how awful, painful and frankly scary it is.
I am sharing this because simple precautions can help to prevent what can be a life-changing or even life-threatening event. If we think about the chain of infection, the places to break that chain become very obvious, and are not even expensive. In the clip, Dai talks about the importance of cooking chicken to prevent illness, but there is more to it than that. It may be that he did cook his chicken properly, so how else could he have become ill?Read more
It is that time of year when many people find themselves with colds, flu or norovirus – those typical winter bugs. But getting ill is not a foregone conclusion, and there are some things we can do to protect ourselves against illness. Many of my tips are very cheap, if not free, and by taking a bit of responsibility for our health, we can help to reduce the risk of illness. I think it is worth the effort!Read more
Why anyone serving food should ask their guests about allergens
Recently I have noticed a large amount of road kill near me – all baby animals – rabbits, squirrels mainly. It got me thinking – why are so many young animals getting run over? Well I guess by now they are young adults, have left their parents, and are seeking independence and an exciting new life. However, whilst mum and dad always looked out for them, now they are on their own, exposed to dangers and making decisions for themselves, sometimes fatal decisions.Read more
All parents have been there – someone hasn’t sterilised the bottles, there is no made up formula in the fridge, and it is 3 am and your baby is waking the whole household and probably the street as well! You are half asleep, desperate to go back to sleep but need to get it sorted. Quickly. But above all safely because babies are more susceptible to disease.
There is currently a Listeria outbreak in Europe and the UK, and it is thought that it may be associated with people using frozen vegetables without cooking them first. Listeria bacteria can cause very nasty symptoms including miscarriage and death, so it is very important that everyone is aware of the risks.
I know it is incredibly trendy to eat food off anything other than a “boring” plate, but really, do you want a mouthful of someone else’s meal mixed with their saliva with your dinner? Or maybe the dirty washing up water has softened up the food debris which then got stuck in the cracks of a broken board. That’s what I got when I had my pizza on this board!
With the 5p bag tax, bags for life are becoming a norm, and it’s great news for the environment. But one problem is that we could be putting our food into dirty bags, not just visibly dirty, but bags with dangerous bacteria on the inside.Read more