My teacher in college told me, the most dangerous poison is the “food we eat”. We know the fact that pesticides are poison and eating such product is stupidity, not unless we want to commit suicide. We eat our meals three times a day and snack more than thrice. And yet we cannot easily determine which food may harm us. Food is like a friend that may back stab us anytime.
Food poisoning can be chemical, biological or microbial.
Chemical Food Poisoning.
Toxic chemicals may accidentally enter the food during cooking process, during storage or the material itself is contaminated. The most common example are pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers.
Biological Food Poisoning
Some plant species have naturally occurring harmful substance. Cassava may contain cyanide. The solanin in green skin of potatoes. Some species of mushrooms are poisonous.
Microbial Food Poisoning
Microbial infection may occur through unhygienic practices and incorrect food storage methods. Popular examples are Clostridium in canned goods, aflatoxin in grains and Salmonella in meat .
Some proper food handling tips may help prevent food poisoning.
If you are a food manufacturer , you can prevent food poisoning through proper food hygiene.