Trust your senses while choosing foods

Have you ever tasted foods that have gone bad? They have certain smells and characteristics that will quickly alert your senses. It is important to know which foods have gone bad and avoid them because consuming such foods can make you very sick!

See, smell, taste

Do you know how to judge if a particular food is safe to be eaten? Here are some tips that can help you identify foods that are rotten so that you don’t eat them.

  • See if the food has a slimy texture or is a different colour than how it is supposed to look like in its natural or cooked form.
  • Smell to determine whether the food has an unusual or unpleasant smell.
  • Taste to determine if it tastes bad or unusual, which could mean that the food is stale or spoilt.

These foods can be eaten daily or several times a week. But take only in small portions, so that you don’t feel too full to eat your main meals (lunch or dinner).

Guide to choosing safe foods

For cooked foods or meals, choose foods:

  • That are still warm and fresh.
  • That are not exposed to flies or other insects.
  • That are handled using clean utensils like chopsticks, spoon, fork.
  • That are not touched directly by hand during purchase.
  • In food containers which are not cracked or chipped.
  • In plates or bowls which have not been placed in contact with other dirty plates or bowls.

For packaged foods, choose products:

  • That are not past their expiry date.
  • Examine the condition of the exterior of the packaging to ensure that it is not damaged (foods in cans or packets should not be leaking, dented or bulging).
  • Trust your senses of sight, smell and taste to tell you if the food in the packaging you have just opened is safe for consumption.

Be aware!

When you eat at the school canteen, you should inform the teacher-in-charge or your health teacher if you see any:

  • Food served has signs that it is spoiled or stale.
  • Food packaging that is damaged or past its expiry date.
  • Food handlers using unhygienic methods to handle food.

So kids, pay attention to what your sensory cues are telling you when you choose your foods. Take a few seconds to see, smell or taste the food, so that you can avoid a case of food poisoning!

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