The 4 Cs

A lot of us have at one time given in to hunger and bought takeaway food from a shop and at the time it crossed your mind that the shop did not appear particularly hygienic or safe for a shop that sold food.

A food business must register their premises with the environmental health service of their local authority at least 28 days before opening to customers because local authorities are responsible for regulating the safety and hygiene of food takeaway shops.

The 4 Cs for takeaway shops are cleaning, cooking, chilling and cross-contamination, and if the takeaway shop is not thorough in any of these it way well lead to customers suffering food poisoning.A� There are multiple causes of food poisoning, however it is usually due to bacteria or viruses.A� Salmonella, E.coli (Escherichia coli) and Listeria are bacteria that cause diseases such as gastroenteritis.A� Eating undercooked chicken, meatballs, kebabs, sausages and burgers may result in a bacterial infection by Salmonella, E.coli or Listeria.A� Good hygiene practices are important in all food businesses even if they do not sell cooked meats because fruits, salads and vegetables can have Salmonella bacteria if not properly washed and hygienically stored to avoid cross-contamination.

Food poisoning is usually a mild disease causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, however vulnerable people such as children and the elderly may become more severely ill, suffering dehydration and it may even lead to death.

Food Standards Agencya��s website: www.food.gov.uk