New Year’s Resolution: Keep Food Safe to Eat

picture of salmonella

Bacteria, like this salmonella, multiplies quickly between 41 and 135 degrees F.

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.