RECONNECTED ICE CREAM
The risks associated with the consumption of certain foods , such as refrozen ice cream, are often underestimated . A little ‘for distraction, a little’ for poor information, there are dangerous behaviors that instead would be easy to avoid. Especially during the warm season, with the sun and the heat, food bacteria are always lurking. And the opportunities for developing and causing serious damage are numerous.
PRECAUTIONS FOR FOOD CONSUMPTION
Everyone knows that hygiene and cleanliness are important in these cases, but above all the state of food. For this reason, when it comes to barbecues and barbecues, for example, you pay close attention and take a lot of precautions. Care is taken to preserve the meat, sterilize the shelves to prepare food. And, again, refrigeration to kill bacteria, to wash your hands before cooking, etc. When it comes to cold desserts, summer desserts, ice cream, fresh fruit, etc. we tend to lower our guard. And it is not uncommon for poorly conserved foods like frozen ice cream to be consumed.
THE RISKS OF THE FREEZED ICE CREAM
Once melted, the ice cream should never be refrozen. Apart from the well-known risks associated with diabetes and obesity, refrozen ice cream really has the potential to do much harm. In fact, it can be contaminated by the Listeria bacteria, with even deadly consequences. One of the most common mistakes is to melt ice cream after purchase and then refreeze it once you get home. This can happen when the journey from the supermarket to the home is very long and you do not use fridge bags. The same happens when the ice cream is taken from the freezer to be brought to the table, it is not consumed completely and, although melted, is refrozen. The ice cream melts quite quickly at room temperature. The mixture of milk, sugar and liquids becomes a perfect home for bacteria like Listeria.
OTHER COLD FOOD AT RISK
During the summer there is an explosion of consumption of iced coffees, fruit smoothies and ice cream smoothies. Unfortunately, there have been several scandals related to the presence of bacteria in the industrial ice of some catering chains. Fresh fruit such as cantaloupes and watermelons have also been linked to Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria outbreaks. This is because soil pathogens can persist in the peel of the fruit. Usually it is sufficient to wash the fruits under running water, but the bacteria can enter the pulp if the outside is not properly washed. In these cases they are given all the nutrients they need, the right temperature and time to grow.
During the esthete, care must therefore be taken not only on refrozen ice cream but on all cold foods. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly, check the temperature of the food and make sure you do not leave it in the heat for too long.