Focusing on Food Safety in September
By Brandi Goodman
Food Safety Education in September encourages people everywhere to learn more about how to keep themselves safe from food-borne illnesses. Food is necessary to survive, but not all food is made or cooked the same. You need to use caution when it comes to what you're putting into your body, the way you're handling meats, and how you cook.
Cleaning and Sanitizing Food-Contact Surfaces
The surfaces used for cooking or eating on always need to be kept cleaned and sanitized. It would be easy for one sick person to touch a countertop and then another person places their food on it without knowing. They would then ingest those germs and have a high possibility of getting sick themselves. Say you cut chicken on the counter and another person touches that spot without it being washed. That can also spread bacteria and cause illness. It's important to sanitize all surfaces both before you use them for cooking or eating, and after cooking or eating.
Washing Hands Before and After Food-Handling
Before you handle food, wash your hands. This will prevent you from spreading your germs. After you've finished handling food, wash your hands again. You wouldn't want bacteria from meat, fruit, or vegetables in particular to get onto other surfaces you touch. Washing your hands often is already an important step you can take for your health, so be sure to follow this closely when handling food.
Storing Food Safely
Different foods require different storage methods. If you cut fruit, for example, it should be kept cold inside a refrigerator. It needs to be placed in some sort of a container or baggie and not left to sit out where the air can get to it. Letting it sit out at room temperature causes it to brown, mold, and rot much faster than usual.
Washing Your Food
Certain foods should be washed before eating them. Most vegetables, for example, should be rinsed under water at the very least. This helps to eliminate microorganisms found on the skin. If you plan on cooking them, then this step isn't totally necessary since everything should be killed off in the heat. A few extra seconds of time to rinse, however, fits the saying of being safe than sorry.
Be safe always, including when it comes to your food. Food safety is an important topic that everyone should start to learn about from a young age. Teach your children and yourselves so everyone in the household is always careful with handling food and remains as healthy as possible.
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