Bacteria are invisible life forms that live on and in our bodies and throughout the natural world. There are thaughsand of different types of bacteria, many serving useful purposes. However, very small proportions are harmful and cause food-borne illness or make food perish.
Bacterial food poisoning:
- eaten after it has been contaminated by pathogenic bacteria
- and conditions allow the bacteria to multiply to levels that cause illness
- and the bacteria are not destroyed, for instance by adequate cooking
Ideal condition for bacteria:
Food poisoning bacteria multiply when they have ideal conditions. they have four main requirements:
When food poisoning bacteria spend enough time on the right types of food at ambient temperatures, they can quickly multiply to dangerous levels.