One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The process by which bacteria or other microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one substance or object to another, with harmful effect.
- ‘If wound fluid is allowed to stagnate, microorganisms may thrive and cause cross-contamination between patients.’
- ‘A further 18% said they would find the crops acceptable only if there was no risk of cross-contamination.’
- ‘Laboratory films covered the cutting board, thus avoiding any cross-contamination.’
- ‘In all cases cross-contamination of cell types was less than 16%.’
- ‘The issue here is the degree to which the safeguards we have in place are sufficient to stop cross-contamination.’
- ‘Great care was exercised to avoid cross-contamination of pots.’
- ‘Good practice in the handling and use of ordinary eggs helps avoid cross-contamination.’
- ‘Good traffic control practices protect personnel, patients, supplies, and equipment from potential sources of cross-contamination.’
- ‘The Food Standards Agency said that although it was still relatively rare to find salmonella in salad it could be caused by cross-contamination at processing plants.’
- ‘Most of the consumers surveyed indicated they comply with these practices, particularly in reducing cross-contamination after contact with raw fish, meat, or chicken.’
- ‘Adequate care was taken to prevent cross-contamination of materials among specimens.’
- ‘The second set of changes in laboratory technique was specifically designed to reduce cross-contamination.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If laboratory cross-contamination or administrative errors occur, this would lead to an overestimate of the proportion of recurrences attributed to reinfection.’
- ‘Use separate chopping boards and utensils or wash them thoroughly to avoid cross-contamination between raw meat and any cooked or ready-to-eat foods.’
- ‘People can avoid being poisoned by the bacterium by cooking eggs thoroughly and avoiding cross-contamination by washing knives, cutting surfaces and plates.’
- ‘Her death fuelled fears of cross-contamination, where envelopes touch anthrax-laced packages and become infected.’
- ‘To guard against cross-contamination, put packages of raw meat and poultry into plastic bags.’
- ‘Because the risk of cross-contamination is so high, I might not rely on hot soapy water.’
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