Every year about 130-K Americans gets sick, are hospitalized and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases, commonly known as food poisoning, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The risk of picking up foodborne bugs at home can be reduced by following 10 food safety recommendations.
The common sources of infection are:
- foods that have been incorrectly stored
- not cooked properly
- cross-contaminated by other foods.
Keep hands clean
Hands should be washed with soap and water before and during food preparation. This should be repeated after touching raw foods (meat and vegetables) and after contact with any other possible source of contamination.
Stay out of the Kitchen when sick
When gastroenteritis strikes, avoid preparing meals for yourself or for friends and family.
Put Leftovers straight into the Refrigerator
Do not keep any cooked foods or dishes at room temperature for more than 2 hours before putting them in the refrigerator.
Keep your Refrigerator clean
If foods spill inside, clean up immediately with a suitable detergent. Refrigerators should be cleaned fully as often as necessary and at least once a year.
Check Refrigerator temperatures
The coldest part of a Refrigerator should be kept at a temperature between 33 and 39F. Check the door seals to ensure they are airtight.
Use separate Chopping Boards
Keep one chopping board for raw meat and fish, and another for cooked foods and clean vegetables. Once foods are cooked, do not reuse the same dishes or utensils to carry or handle raw ingredients.
Do not keep Ready-to-Eat dishes too long
Recommendations suggest that pre-prepared deli products, ready-to-eat dishes, cream-based cakes or highly perishable foods that are not pre-wrapped and which do not have a use-by date should be kept for no more than 3 days.
Cook ground Meat thoroughly
Protect young children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems from harmful bacteria by cooking ground meat products thoroughly. A ground meat patty served rare may still harbor harmful bacteria.
Avoid raw Meat, Fish and Dairy
Children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are strongly advised to avoid raw meat and fish (carpaccio, ceviche, sushi, etc.) and unpasteurized dairy products. With fresh produce buy and eat only Organic, wash thoroughly.
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