The Role of Microbes in Food Spoilage
Food spoilage is a challenge for farmers, food businesses and transport companies to overcome.
Food spoilage can occur because of temperature changes, bacteria growth, contamination, poor hygiene, or due to pests like insects and parasites. These can cause the quality of the food to deteriorate, making it unsafe for human consumption.
The primary cause of food spoilage is microorganisms like bacteria, yeasts and mould. They can grow due to the storage conditions or the chemical properties of your food.
How Do Microbes Spoil Food?
There are four basic steps to microbial food spoilage.
- Microbes attack the food: Microbes attack foods that have a favourable temperature, PH, moisture or oxygen level.
- Food degrades: Microbes take the nutrients that they need from the food, causing it to start to break down.
- Food decomposes: Chemical reactions between the microbe and the food cause it to decompose further.
- Changes appear as a result: Physical changes become visible in the food as a result of the microbe’s influence.
Has My Food Been Spoiled?
Here’s some signs of food spoilage to look for:
- Appearance: Has it become cloudy or a liquid?
- Texture: Is it slimy, squishy or rotten?
- Colour: Has the colour faded?
- Taste or smell: Does it smell or taste off?
If in doubt, throw it out! Although it sounds wasteful, it’s better for you to throw out questionable food than to take the risk of getting food poisoning.
The best way to stop your food from spoiling is to ensure that it is delivered by a reliable refrigerated transport company.
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