Definition of cross-contamination in English:

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cross-contamination

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noun

[mass noun]
The process by which bacteria or other microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one substance or object to another, with harmful effect: cross-contamination between raw and cooked food is the cause of most infection
More example sentences
  • Keeping your hands, utensils and food surfaces clean can prevent cross-contamination.
  • Changes in laboratory techniques were designed to minimize the possibility of cross-contamination during batch processing.
  • Most of the consumers surveyed indicated they comply with these practices, particularly in reducing cross-contamination after contact with raw fish, meat, or chicken.

Derivatives

cross-contaminate

verb
Example sentences
  • These organisms can potentially sicken people who eat undercooked or cross-contaminated food.
  • A conscientious technician would have used a separate pair of scissors for each cutting, or at least would have cleaned the scissors between cuttings, to avoid cross-contaminating the samples.
  • Avoid cross-contaminating other foods, utensils, hands, or food preparation surfaces with fluid from hot dog packages or deli meats.

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