If you are just like me who cares and stresses about health, cleanliness and whatnot, you might want to continue reading.
Imagine if you are in restaurant, and you see something on your food, something that’s not supposed to be there — or if you taste something weird in your meal — Is it expired? How do you know if something is contaminated with parasites and such?
The food safety system includes food:
You cannot tell if food is unsafe by its smell or taste. When in doubt, throw it out!
What’s food safety for if we don’t practice it?
Keep it clean
Cleaning everything we use and comes into contact with food will help kill bacteria and reduce the risk of food-related illness. This includes your hands, kitchen surfaces, utensils, fruit and vegetables and reusable grocery bags.
- Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food.
- Wash your cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and counter tops with hot soapy water after preparing each food item and before you go on to the next food.
- Consider using paper towels to clean up kitchen surfaces. If you use cloth towels wash them often in the hot cycle of your washing machine.
- Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running tap water, including those with skins and rinds that are not eaten.
- Separate raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs from other foods in your grocery shopping cart, grocery bags, and in your refrigerator. Keep raw food away from other food while shopping, storing, preparing and serving foods.
- Cross-contamination is how bacteria can be spread. When handling raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs, keep these foods and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods.
Check the label
This is just a matter of being mindful and aware — it goes a long way!
- Don’t eat food past a ‘use-by’ date
- Note a ‘best before’ date
- Follow storage and cooking instructions
- Be allergy aware
- Ask for information about unpackaged foods
Our health is in our hands. Food safety more important than we think. We can all take simple steps to protect ourselves and our families. Knowing how to properly cook, clean, chill and separate foods while handling and preparing them can help you prevent food poisoning. It’s no use eating healthy if we don’t practice these.