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Hygiene

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Food, utensils and preparation surfaces should be kept clean and away from animals. Food should be stored in covered containers.

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Germs on food can be swallowed and cause illness. To protect food from germs:

  • keep food preparation surfaces clean
  • keep knives, cooking utensils, pots and plates clean and covered
  • wash cloths used to clean dishes or pans thoroughly every day and dry them in the sun. Wash plates, utensils and pans immediately after eating and put them on a rack to dry
  • keep food in clean, covered containers to protect it from insects and animals
  • do not use feeding bottles or teats, because they may contain germs that cause diarrhoea. Breastfeed, or feed children from a clean, open cup. If bottles/teats are used, clean them after each use with boiling water.

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