Food poisoning – the prophylaxis basics

Besides the adverse weather conditions, food poisoning is the second most often reason ruining holidays. Those who have suffered from such ailment know how inconvenient it may be. It's worth remembering that majority of poisonings may be avoided. In this article I will try to pay attention to the basic rules of prophylaxis.

Wash your hands

I think there isn't any better way of decreasing the risk of getting intestinal problems than washing hands regularly. You should remember about it especially before eating any kind of food. There are loads of germs on our hands which just wait to get into our bodies. Let's be honest – we help those germs. Unfortunately, the activity of microbes causing illnesses increases during summer. This problem is particularly visible among people staying in large groups.

Wash fruits and vegetables

When I see caring mothers buying their children grapes or peaches on stalls and give such fruits to their offspring without washing them, I can easily imagine the consequences of such actions. It's not about the presence of pesticides or compounds, such as chlorine (used for industrial washing fruits and vegetables), but the fact that fruits and vegetables on stalls can be touched by anybody. Eating them without washing is senseless risk which could be compared to licking handles from doors of public toilets.

Don't order food from suspicious places

Against common belief, it happens really rarely to be served with food poisoned with microbes causing diseases in restaurants or canteens. However, you should still be aware of the potential risk. Any places that make you worried, should be omitted. To make myself clear, I will visualise it – a box with hot-dogs standing in the sunlight is not the best option when you want to eat tasty and safe food. It would be better to go to a good restaurant, especially that with many people inside.

Choose the food products thoroughly

Few days ago, when I went to one of the supermarkets I usually go to, I noticed that they were selling suspiciously soft ice-creams. It meant that there is to high temperature in the freezer – perhaps one of the clients left it open and the workers didn't notice that. For comparison, there was much lower temperature in that freezer on the next day, and the ice-creams were frozen again. Goodies after such “treatment” are not appropriate for consumption any more because they may cause food poisoning. It's just an example of the risk of buying food from a supermarket. It's worth paying attention to, as we are able to check, in majority of cases, if a product is fresh or not. For instance, when you buy ice-creams – you should pay attention to their shape, if it's possible touch through the packaging and if it's uneven or changed, it means that this product could have been defrosted before and it's unsuitable for consumption.


The prophylaxis of food poisoning does not require using any complicated, costly or troublesome actions. You just sometimes need caution and care for details, such as regular hand wash or paying attention to “sanitary standard” in chosen gastronomic places.