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Can I get food poisoning from leftover food?

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Can I get food poisoning from leftover food?

 | By Steve Walker | @SteveWalkerWeb

Have you ever reheated food? Of course you have, we all have those days when we end up with leftovers. However, there is an ever-present danger of getting food poisoning if you fail to heat the food properly. If you have experienced food poisoning before, you will know how unpleasent it can be. The stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhoea is a gruesome experience.

Food poisoning is a foodborne disease caused by bacteria contaminating your food. Campylobacter bacteria can spread easily because it can survive a couple of hours on kitchen surfaces.

Let’s check out the ways to store and reheat food safely.

How to store leftover food

You must allow the food to cool down prior to putting it in the fridge. If you keep hot food in the fridge, it raises the inside temperature of the fridge. This is the perfect incubator for bacteria. You should let the food cool down and cover the food before putting it the fridge.

How to reheat the food

The Food Standards Agency advises reheating the food only once. They list the following foods as the most dangerous to health when reheated incorrectly:

The correct method to reheat the food safely is as follows:

Rice as a cause of food poisoning

Most of the people are not aware that rice can cause food poisoning. Uncooked rice comprises spores of Bacillus cereus. It is a bacterium that causes food poisoning. It can survive even after cooking the rice. After cooking, if rice is left at room temperature, the moist environment within the grains is perfect conditions for the bacteria to grow. The longer the rice is left at room temperature, the more the bacteria will multiple.

How to serve rice

Here are some tips to serve rice safely:

Hope this article is helpful for you. If you have any other tips you want to share, please comment below.