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Tips for protecting against germs in the kitchen

Antibiotic-resistant germs often find their way into the kitchen via raw poultry. A study from 2015 showed that 88 percent of a total of 57 turkey meat samples from branches in various supermarkets were contaminated with resistant pathogens.

These germs are killed by heating. Before cooking, however, there is a risk that the germs will be transferred from the raw foods to other foods. This form of germ transfer is known as cross-contamination. The germs pass from one food directly to the other when they come into contact with one another unpackaged. The pathogens can also be transmitted indirectly via hands, work surfaces, cutting boards, knives or other kitchen appliances.

So that the germs do not end up on your plate through such cross-contamination or in any other way, take note of the following simple hygiene rules for your kitchen:

Process ingredients separately

A strict separation of the various ingredients protects against the transmission of germs. You should therefore always use separate cutting boards and knives for preparing raw meat and vegetables. And remember: wash your hands carefully immediately after handling raw meat and poultry. Otherwise there is a risk of spreading the germs through your hands on the kitchen equipment or on appliances.

Heat the meat properly

Pay attention to the utmost care when preparing meat. The main thing is: Always cook your meat thoroughly. Because only complete heating to 70 to 80 degrees Celsius for at least ten minutes kills bacteria such as multi-resistant germs reliably.

Rinse kitchen utensils with hot water

Even after preparation, you shouldn't take any unnecessary risks. You should therefore use high temperatures when washing. Clean all kitchen appliances you use with hot water and washing-up liquid as soon as possible after use. If you use a dishwasher, choose a wash program of at least 60 degrees Celsius if possible. In this way you are always on the safe side when it comes to kitchen hygiene.

Wash vegetables properly

In isolated cases, multi-resistant pathogens can also be found in raw plant-based foods, such as vegetables or sprouts. Impeccable kitchen hygiene is also the top priority here. Therefore, make sure in any case to scrub the vegetables carefully during preparation or before consumption, or even better, to cook them.