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 throughout the year.