How can a food handler identify food that has been contaminated with pathogens?

How can a food handler identify food that has been contaminated with pathogens?

  1. It can be detected.
  2. Smell it.
  3. Look at it.
  4. Taste it.

1 Answer

Correct Answer: A: It can be detected

Short Explanation:
A food handler cannot be able to identify food that has been contaminated with pathogens by smelling it, looking at it, or tasting it.

To understand this question, you need to understand what the word pathogen means.

What are pathogens?

Pathogents are bacteria that are found in food that when food is not prepared or cooked properly will cause food poisoning. 

It is worth noting that pathogens do not change of food hence you cannot identify pathogens by looking, smelling, or tasting.

How can a food handler identify pathogens?

There is no easy way food handler can identify pathogens in food. 

A food handler can only use a microscope to identify the precense of pathogens in food. 

This means he or she needs an equipped laboratory to identify contaminated food.

Examples of pathogens include: Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Staphylococcus aureus, Campylobacter spp, Norovirus

References:

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/food-science/food-pathogen
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6604998/
  3. https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/foodborne-pathogens

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answered 04/11/2021
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