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An Ounce of Prevention

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"An Ounce of Prevention" Food is the fuel that powers the human body and mind. Indeed, it is believed that food is so important that "the discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star" - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Food is any substance, usually of plant or animal origin that is comprised predominantly of carbohydrates, fats, water and proteins, and which can be eaten or drunk by an animal for nutrition or pleasure. Food, or the lack thereof, determines the extent of survival of both plants and animals. Hence, our reliance on food dictates that a lot of thought be given to its preparation. While some foods are edible when raw, the majority must undergo some form of preparation for reasons of palatability and most importantly, safety. Food Safety denotes the scientific discipline describing the handling, preparation and storage of food in ways that prevent food borne illnesses. ...read more.


Other pathogenic agents such as parasites are also a major cause of food poisoning. Most food borne parasites are referred to as zoonoses and the most common are tapeworms and roundworms. Several foods that originate from plants and animals contain natural toxins which are not produced by bacteria, but instead, serve as a defence mechanism against predators. For example, certain types of mushrooms and shell fish can cause food poisoning and even death. Food is life, and due to the serious health risks that can arise from the poor handling of food, many developed countries worldwide, including the Caribbean, have established regulatory agencies such as the Bureau of Standards and World Health Organization Food Safety Department, which have intricate standards for food preparation. The mandate of these regulatory agencies entails the provision of guidelines that will assist the public in correct food preparation and storage, promotion of good food hygiene practices, and the application of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) ...read more.


Food Safety is an important practice that should be exercised by every individual, for in the long run it reduces the financial strain on the health sector and also aids in the saving of lives through proper food preparation and hygiene. Therefore an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. The poem, written by yours truly, clearly emphasizes and summarizes what was adequately discussed above. Prevention Is Better Than Cure Prevention is better than cure, So practice food safety and your health you will secure, Wash raw foods properly before you eat, And refrigerate all sea food and meat. Take care of the types of food you consume, As carelessness can bring you doom, Be careful of foods like shell fish and mushroom, And you will not receive an early tomb. Refusing to practice good health, Will cause you to squander your wealth. You will get infected by bacteria and germs, And toxins and parasites such as worms. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, Of this saying you can be sure. So carefully prepare your meal, And enjoy the benefits of that deal. ...read more.

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