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PRESENCE OF BACTERIA IN THE FRIDGE

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Writer ken
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Refrigerator Bacteria Most of us have the impression that storing foods in the refrigerator is the best way to keep it safe from bacterial contamination, but what we’re not aware of is that there are also types of bacteria that can grow in cold temperatures. Psychrophilic bacteria, otherwise known as psychrophiles, are bacteria that are able to grow at low-temperatures. These bacteria, which are also found in glaciers at Antarctic and Arctic continents, are the same types that can grow inside the refrigerator. According to studies, psychrophiles came from either improperly packaged foods (raw meat, milk, fish, poultry, etc) or have already been growing inside your refrigerator due to improper sanitation and inappropriate refrigerator temperature. These types of bacteria include Coli forms, Vibrio, Pseudomonas, and Listeria, which are all in fact quite harmful to the human health. Statement of the problem. What are the harmful effects of Refrigerator Bacteria? Even though some of these bacteria are not harmful by itself alone, thus when it enters the human body (through eating foods contaminated with it) it releases toxins which are very harmful to the health. Psychrophilic bacteria may cause harmful health conditions such as sepsis, diarrhea, meningitis, dysentery, food poisoning, urinary tract infections, and gastrointestinal infections. How to Prevent Refrigerator Bacteria from growing and spreading inside the fridge? • To prevent the growth of these types of cold-loving bacteria inside your refrigerator, you should always make sure that your fridge is at 40°F or lower. • Avoid opening the refrigerator door for unnecessary reasons as it may actually let the bacteria enter your fridge. • Always clean and sanitize your refrigerator regularly using antibacterial bleach cleaners. • Clean spills right away and organize the food placement inside your fridge. The best practice is to place raw meat, poultry, or fish at the lower part of the shelves to avoid its juices from mixing into other foods. • It is also strongly advised to place raw food into tight-sealed containers to avoid food contamination.
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