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A super power that most Jamaican seems to possess is the ability to test the temperature of foods with their bare hands. Quite often one would use the back of their hand to test how hot a bottle of feed is or how cold the temperature in the refrigerator is. Funny! But it’s the truth. Despite this practice may not cause tremendous harm in the home setting, when practiced by food service operators it could result in catastrophic health effects on the Jamaican population.
The temperature of food can only be tested correctly by the use of a thermometer. Using a thermometer to monitor the temperature of foods while you process, store and distribute them will give you a clear insight of what is happening to the food. Most food service operators constantly ignore the importance of this instrument in their day to day operation and repeatedly abuse the temperature of the food they prepare.
According to the Centre of Disease Control and prevention, two of the top five risk factors responsible for causing food-borne illness involve temperature control. The risk factors are improper hot/cold holding temperatures of potentially hazardous food and improper cooking temperatures of food. Therefore, when negligence is practiced and food is left out in the danger zone, microorganism will start to multiple in the food and rendering the food unsafe.
The range of temperatures that fall between 4.4 degree Celsius and 63.7 degree Celsius are what the food service industry refers to as the danger zone. Food service operators must minimize the amount of time foods are left at these temperatures to prevent food-borne illnesses. The rule of thumb to always remember is to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
As it relates to the thermometer, they are numerous types. However, the two most commonly used types are the probe and the infrared thermometer. The probe thermometer is a thermometer that has a pointy metal stem that can be inserted into food. Use a probe thermometer to check internal food temperatures when you cook, re-heat, cool thaw and keep foods hot or cold. While the infrared thermometer that takes the temperature of the food without coming in contact with the food. Therefore, only the surface temperature of the food that will be obtained.
During a food premises inspection, a thermometer is one device a food service operator is expected to have. This will enable him or her to do their own temperature monitoring of the food they are preparing, as they will be expected to fill out the temperature log of each food prepared. This document is very crucial in an inspection, since the Public Health Inspector will be checking it to asses the safety of the food being sold.
Do you sometimes eat food that is at room temperature? Leave your comments below.
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Ever wonder why mosquitoes are attracted to some people when compare to others? Many Jamaicans believed that if your blood is sweet, then mosquitoes will be more inclined to bite you more than others. With us having over 3,000 species of mosquitoes, only three are predominantly responsible for the transmission of diseases. These are the Anopheles, Culex and Aedes and some of the diseases that are transmitted by them are Malaria, Encephalitis and Dengue respectively.
Mosquitoes being so persistent and irritating at times, possesses an uncanny ability to sense our murderous intention and take flight before one of our fatal swats. However, before taking a blood meal, a mosquito would normally probe the surface of the skin, using sensory organs to find the perfect area to strike a blood vessel. It then injects its proboscis in your skin, releasing saliva in your blood vessel to prevent clotting and facilities the free flow blood. This is when its possible for this vector to transmit disease causing microbes in your body.
With that in mind here are a few reasons mosquitoes are more attracted to some people more than others;
High body temperature
Persons with high body temperature will be more likely to be bitten by one of these vectors e.g. pregnant women. Normal areas of our body with high temperature are our foreheads, neck, wrists and elbows. However, a person who has just finish some vigorous activity and is hot will have blood closer to the surface of their skin. As a result, the mosquito will use the heat to determined where blood is closer to the skin.
Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide, therefore a person who breathes heavily, will cause the mosquito to hone in on them as it follows the steady flow of the gas. This is why you will hear them buzzing right at your ear line. So, as you exhale carbon dioxide through your nose, it travels at the side of the face along the ear line, where the vector follows the trail.
As we indulge in various activities or due to an increase in our body temperature, the body will start to producing sweat to facilities cooling down. When ever we sweat there is an increase in the secretion of lactic acid through our skin. Mosquitoes are attracted to lactic acid and this will make you their prime victim.
According to several prominent Entomologists, mosquitoes are believed to be more attracted to a person with a Type O when compare to a Type A or Type B. it has also been deduced that persons with certain genetic are greater attractant to mosquitoes than others.
In order to protect yourself from mosquito bites, always wear mosquito repellant containing DEET and light coloured clothing to keep cool.
Are you protecting yourself from mosquito bites?