Presentation on theme: "THE ABCDs OF FIT AND SAFE ACKEES Prepared by: Karen A.M. Brown, Regional Food Safety Coordinator-NERHA."— Presentation transcript:
THE ABCDs OF FIT AND SAFE ACKEES Prepared by: Karen A.M. Brown, Regional Food Safety Coordinator-NERHA
Objectives Participants should be able to: 1.State the name of the poison in ackees 2.Describe how ackees should be safely sourced/selected from tree, vendors and other sources 3.Describe how to identify ackees that were not allowed to open naturally 4.Describe how to identify ackees which were allowed to open naturally 5.Describe how ackees should be for cooking to prevent poisoning 6.Describe how ackees should be cooked prevent poisoning 7.On picture presented or actual items, select the ackees which is safe for cooking
Ackee Facts Ackee is our national fruit A poison in ackees is called hypoglycine The unripe ackees has very high levels of the chemicals Ripe ackees contain some of the chemical but in lower levels When cooked, most of it is removed in the water that was used to boil the ackees
: Get ackees from good sources Do not reap/ pick unopened or immature ackees Throw away all unopened ackees that fall from trees
Select Ackees which are Safe to Eat
B uy /select only those ackees that are fit to cook Purchase ackees that are: Still in the pods Wide open in pods (like a wide yawn) Examine and select fruits: carefully, ensuring that they are easily removed from pods and are without blemishes (e.g. razor/knife marks etc.
C ook and Clean/ prepare ackees so that they are a fit to eat: 1.Clean ackees to remove seed and the pink or reddish membrane 2.Do not force ackees open by beating, squeezing and opening with knives/razors 3.Keep ackees separate from all other foods during cooking including salted Fish 4.Cook ackees until soft 5.Drain all water from the cooked ackees 6.
D iscard or throw away water used to cook ackees as it is not fit for use consumption The water must not be ingested (swallowed) nor used in preparing foods including rice, grounds foods, dumplings and other foods.
Symptoms of Ackee Poisoning Symptoms include vomiting, stomach cramps/abdominal pain, dizziness, diarrhea and sweating If persons are experiencing these symptoms they should seek medical attention immediately and should have a sweet drink while on their way to the health centre or hospital