Preventing an upset stomach
An upset stomach can be really distressing for family members, young and old. Learn how to help protect your family from food born illness with simple cleaning and disinfecting tips that can help stop the spread of germs..
Food Safety Information
You can help stop germs spreading and around your kitchen and causing an upset stomach in your family by following some basic cleanliness steps. These steps will not only help reduce germs on surfaces; they will also help protect you and your family from stomach upsets and help prevent the growth of mould and mildew too.
About Food-Borne Germs
An upset stomach is caused by consuming germs in contaminated food or water. Germs that cause upset tummies can easily spread from foods, such as raw meat and poultry, to hands or kitchen work surfaces, and in turn can spread to other foods.
Depending on the type of germ involved, upset stomach symptoms may begin from one to 36 hours after eating contaminated food, and may range from a mild stomach upset to more severe symptoms.
Common Tummy Upset Germs
- Salmonella: Food derived from animals and poultry, is the main source of this germ Campylobacter: Its primary sources include raw or undercooked meat (especially poultry), unpasteurised milk and untreated water.
- E. coli O157: Cattle are the main carriers of E.coli 0157. People often become infected through consuming beef, hamburgers, and unpasteurised milk.