Eating contaminated food can cause anything from simple stomach ache to a life-threatening condition. Consumer Reports recently revealed a sobering fact that 48 million Americans get sick each year from eating tainted food. Fortunately, families can protect themselves by resolving to handle food carefully in the kitchen. Here are a few things you can do as the new year begins:
- Discuss our post "Preventing Food-Borne illnesses" with your family.
- Take turns to wash the cooking area with soap and warm water. Then thoroughly wash your hands.
- Keep leafy greens, meat, dairy and eggs in the safe temperature zone until you are cooking them.
- After cooking, keep food above 135 degrees F.
- Avoid cross-contamination of food by using 1 cutting board for poultry and another one for vegetables.
Your family can simply remind each other to use good practices…
If you think you are too small to make a difference...
You've never had a mosquito in your sleeping bag...anon
I always follow these points..
Always wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before and after handling food.
Don't cross-contaminate. Keep raw meat, poultry, fish, and their juices away from other food. After cutting raw meats, wash cutting board, knife, and counter tops with hot, soapy water.
Marinate meat and poultry in a covered dish in the refrigerator.
Sanitize cutting boards by using a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water.
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