Where do bacteria come from?
Food poisoning is most often caused by bacteria (germs) that have been able to multiply or form a toxin. These germs can be found in soil, on animals, on people and on the things people touch and use. Did you know that one of the greatest threats to food safety is the fact that bacteria can multiply from just a few cells to millions in a very short period of time?
Some of the factors that affect the growth of bacteria include:
- the temperature of food
- the moisture content of food
- the time they have to grow
- exposure to air.
Make sure you do not give bacteria the conditions and time they need to multiply quickly.