Foodborne illness affects millions of people each year. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics addresses the issue on their website, www.eatright.org, where additional information about nutrition can be found. Another great resource for food safety tips is the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service at their website http://www.fsis.usda.gov/home/index.asp .

Keep your family safe while using these safety techniques in the kitchen!

Before Cooking:

             1.  Start with a clean kitchen.

             2.   Thaw meat by defrosting it either in the microwave or the refrigerator. Frozen meat should never be placed on the counter for long periods of time.

             3.      Wash your hands in warm soapy water for about 20 seconds. Try singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in your head twice to help you wash up for the appropriate length of time.

             4.      Rinse off produce in cold water using a light scrubbing motion.

While cooking:

1.      Use separate knives and cutting boards when cutting meat and produce. This will avoid any cross contamination that can occur.

2.      Cook meat, poultry, and seafood to the proper internal temperate using a meat thermometer.

3.      Check the date before using any product to make sure you are using items that have not expired.

After cooking:

             1.  Refrigerate any perishable leftover items within 2 hours of mealtime. Label them with the date.

             2.  Store any raw meat on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator to prevent the juices from dripping onto any other foods.

             3.  Make sure to separate sponges that are used to wipe counters versus sponges that are used to wash dishes.

             4.  Throw away any food that seems to have gone bad. Never “take your chances” with questionable items!

 

Sources:

http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=10948#.UPHVCncw6So

http://www.heinz.com/CSR2009/social/business/food_safety.aspx (image) 

 

Your Meals are Tasty—But Cook with Safety!

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