What is Cross-Contamination?

Cross-contamination is one of the most common causes of food poisoning. It happens when harmful bacteria,
viruses or allergens are spread onto food from other food, surfaces, hands or equipment.

These harmful bacteria often come from raw meat/poultry, fish, eggs and unwashed vegetables. It is particularly
important to ensure that ready-to-eat foods are not contaminated in this way.
Other sources of bacteria can include:

• staff • pests • equipment • cloths • dirt or soil

When you handle raw and ready-to-eat food in your business you may need to consider extra procedures to help keep the
food you produce safe.

How to wash your hands!