Food poisoning can substantially ruin a person’s vacation. However, if you work on a cruise line and get sick, it can have similar adverse effects.
While cruise lines take extensive measures to protect both their passengers and employees against gastrointestinal agony, there are still several ways you could get food poisoning on board. If a worker does get sick, especially from bacteria like E-coli or Salmonella, they could run the risk of spreading it to other workers and even passengers.
That’s especially the case for those who work in the culinary department, where these illnesses can often develop.
Luckily, there are steps these workers can take to protect themselves and others from getting food poisoning on the high seas.
How you can reduce the risk of foodborne illness
Here are some steps workers can take to lower their chances of getting sick:
- Avoid cross-contaminating raw foods: Products like raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs can quickly spread germs if not dealt with carefully. When preparing and handling meals involving these foods, it’s essential to use separate cutting boards to keep them separate from each other.
- Frequently wash your hands: According to the CDC, germs that can cause foodborne illnesses dwell in various places around the kitchen. To reduce these germs from spreading, it’s crucial to wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before, during and after food preparation.
- Make sure food gets eaten at the right temperature: It’s vital to make sure certain foods are stored and eaten correctly. Workers can tell if it’s safe to eat by using a food thermometer. For hot foods, the temperature should typically be above 145 degrees Fahrenheit. For cold foods, it’s typically either at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Food poisoning can spread quickly onboard
Working on a cruise ship can be a fun and rewarding experience. But when you get food poisoning due to the negligence of another worker, it can result in long-term illness and lost wages. The Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A., can help you obtain just compensation for your illnesses.