How much do you know about food safety?



1 - Foodborne diseases can cause death.

  • True

  • False

Food contaminated with harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances, causes more than 200 diseases – ranging from diarrhoea to cancer and can lead to death.

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2 - If food looks OK and smells OK it is always safe to eat.

  • True

  • False

The smell, taste and appearance of food are not good indicators of whether the food will make you sick. Some dangerous microorganisms do not change the appearance of the food, while other microorganisms which can cause our food to smell bad, taste horrible and look disgusting will not cause diseases.

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3 - Some microorganisms are useful to make food and drinks.

  • True

  • False

Some microorganisms are useful to make cheese, yogurts, fermented meat, fermented vegetables, beers and wine.

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4 - The proper temperature for a home refrigerator should be

  • Below 8°C (46°F)

  • Below 5°C (41°F)

By holding temperatures below 5°C (41°F) the growth of microorganisms is slowed down or stopped.

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5 - Keeping raw and cooked food separate prevents cross-contamination.

  • True

  • False

Keeping raw and cooked food separate prevents the transfer of microorganisms. Raw food, especially meat, poultry and seafood can contain dangerous microorganisms which may be transferred onto other foods during food preparation and storage.

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