Can you eat food if a fly has been on it?

Can you eat food if a fly has been on it?

Can you eat food if a fly has been on it?

The answer is no, according to a lecturer in food hygiene. University of Sydney medical lecturer Cameron Webb advises that if you take the risk of eating it you will probably be fine. And while the insects can spread germs, it is unlikely that any germs they transfer onto the food would cause someone to become ill.

What happens if a fly stands on your food?

When they land on solid food, they regurgitate saliva on it. ... The fly can then transfer the bacteria from its food, to you. It's believe that flies can transmit over 65 diseases to humans. These diseases include typhoid fever, cholera, and tuberculosis.

What happens if a fly lands on your food?

  • According to a new survey from Orkin, nearly two-thirds of people would still dig in if a fly landed on their meal, while only 3 percent of people would still eat their food if a roach crawled over it. The survey, which was conducted by Russell Research for Orkin, included 1,015 people.

How does a fly get rid of its lunch?

  • Since flies can’t chew, they need to find a way to liquidise their lunch before they begin to digest it. To do this, they vomit up a complex mixture of enzymes and saliva that helps to break down the food. The fly then slurps it back up, once it has been liquified.

Why do flies not Poo on your food?

  • Note that flies don’t poo every time they land on anything. Also they are very small, so they won’t carry that much bacteria and if they only land on your food for a second, it won’t get transferred across. Also, our immune system and antibacterial saliva does a pretty good job of killing a lot of bacteria anyway.

How long can a fly survive on food?

  • “The fly picks up disease-causing organisms while crawling and feeding. Those that stick to the outside surfaces of the fly may survive for only a few hours, but those that are ingested with the food may survive in the fly's crop or gut for several days.”

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