One Sunday morning, Kelly was feeling fantastic and decided to make her parents some breakfast especially since she had just began taking a culinary class at school. She asked what they would like and headed over to the kitchen.
Clip #1: She gathered her ingredients and drinks, eggs, bacon, pineapple, kiwi, grapefruit, some OJ, and milk.
Clip #2: She then cracked the eggs, sloppily, added milk immediately after, and began to whisk them and put them on the stovetop. And then she poured the milk into her Dad's cup and the Orange Juice into her Mother's cup. She then continued to cook the food.
Clip #3: Finally, Kelly grabbed a wooden cutting board, not knowing that some of the raw egg splattered on there and began to cut up the fruit to make a colorful, yet contaminated fruit bowl.
Conflict #1: Kelly cracked the eggs and continued to pour her parent's drink. As a result, she put the drinks in a state of "high-risk contamination". Conflict #2: She used a wooden cutting board to cut fruit that had egg on it. It is one thing that it is wooden because wood absorbs, but another thing that raw egg was absorbed into it.
These are two common scenarios where cross-contamination can easily occur. Cross-contamination is the process by which bacteria or other microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one food to the next. It can also occur when handling poultry, seafood, and raw meat and having ready-to-eat foods near. In order to prevent cross-contamination, you should wash your hands and surfaces often...the proper way.