Food safety is important for people both during and after cancer treatment, especially in the festive season when the weather is hot, the fridge is overloaded and we’re cooking for more people than we usually do.
Cancer and cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell/bone marrow transplantation, often weaken the immune system. This makes it harder for your body to protect itself from foodborne illness, also called food poisoning. Foodborne illness is caused by eating food that contains harmful bacteria, parasites, or viruses.
Before preparing food for Christmas make sure that there is enough room in the fridge to keep cold food at or less than 5oC. Use the Esky with ice for the alcohol and cold drinks and save the space in the fridge for your food and not opening the fridge door too often and letting the cold air out.
For more information check out food safety information council.
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