Food safety

Food safety is of special importance to cancer patients, especially during treatment that may suppress immune function. To make food as safe as possible it is recommended that patients follow the guidelines below:

  • Wash hands thoroughly before eating.
  • Keep all aspects of food preparation clean, including washing hands before preparing food, and washing fruit and vegetables.
  • Handle raw meat, fish, poultry, and eggs with care, and clean thoroughly any utensils and surfaces that have been in contact with these foods. Keep raw meats separate from cooked food.
  • Cook meat, poultry, and fish thoroughly, and use pasteurised milk and juices.
  • Cover and refrigerate food promptly to minimise bacterial growth.
  • When ‘eating out’, avoid foods that may have bacterial contamination, such as salad, sushi, and raw or undercooked meats, fish, poultry, and eggs.
  • If there is any concern about the purity of your water, for example if you have well or tank water, have it checked for bacterial content and boil before use.
  • To purify water, boil for at least a minute if you have any concerns.

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