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Preparation for the Rainy Season(May,2008)

 The rainy season (tsuyu) in Japan begins in early June and continues through mid-July. High temperatures and humidity can lead to increases in food poisoning and mold during this season. This month we offer some suggestions for staying healthy and living comfortably throughout the rainy season.

 

●Food Poisoning

 Food tends to spoil easily from the onset of the rainy season throughout the summer, leading to increases in food poisoning during this time. Symptoms of food poisoning include diarrhea, stomachache, fever, and vomiting. Taking the following precautions can help keep you free from food poisoning.

Prevention

 Washing your hands is an essential means of prevention. Make sure to wash your hands before and after cooking and eating, when handling raw meat/seafood, after touching pets, etc.

Shopping for Food

Select shops that stock quality products.

Take fresh products home in plastic bags, using ice or dry ice to keep them cool.

Don't delay in getting all chilled and frozen goods into the refrigerator/freezer.

 

Cooking and Storing

Always wash knives and cutting boards before and after use; especially when preparing raw meat, vegetables, etc.

Foods that need to be heated should be cooked thoroughly to help prevent food poisoning.

Eat fresh produce soon after purchase.

Keep leftovers and foods that need to be kept cool in the refrigerator. Furthermore, make sure not to overload your refrigerator and freezer. Stocking up to 70% of storage capacity is ideal.

When defrosting food, using a microwave or refrigerator proves safer than letting food sit out and thaw at room temperature.

 

Other

When sterilizing kitchen items, first wash thoroughly with detergent and then rinse with boiling water.

 

●Mold

 With continuous rain, mold becomes more likely to develop, which could cause damage to your favorite clothes, shoes, etc. Mold will dirty and stink up your home, but you can work to prevent mold by reducing humidity and keeping a clean abode.

Mold tends to appear in kitchens, bathrooms, toilets, washing machines, tatami flooring, closets, air conditioners, etc.

Prevention

Ventilate your room frequently. When it rains for consecutive days, using a dehumidifier or air-conditioner is more effective.

Clean your room regularly.

Keep closets and shoeboxes uncluttered to allow adequate air circulation.

 

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the Miyazaki International Foundation: (Phone) 0985-32-8457, (Fax) 0985-32-8512, or (Email) miyainfo@mif.or.jp.  Thank you.

 

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