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Food Safety Mistakes to Avoid

By Sara Butler

Meal prepping is a great way to ensure you have wholesome, nutritious, healthy food waiting for you all week long. It’s a great idea and a wonderful way to be proactive about your health. But handling all that food in one day tends to lead to mistakes in food safety. If you’re a food prepper, then here are some of the most common food safety mistakes you should avoid.

Mistake No. 1: Not Looking at Sell-By Dates

If a food is past its sell-by date, then it’s a bad idea to buy it. You may be tempted in order to save a little dough, but for your health and safety, it’s important to look at the date on the package and consider both when you’re buying it and when you’re going to actually eat it. It’s easy to look at a date and think that you’re buying it before the date on the package, when in reality you may not be eating it for several days.

Mistake No. 2: You Don’t Store Groceries Right

Proper food storage is essential to avoiding foodborne illness. You must store food correctly to keep it from forming bacteria that can make you sick. You must also make sure to keep different types of foods separate. You don’t want to store your meat with your fresh vegetables. And don’t forget to keep pantry staples in sealed containers so bacteria, moisture, and mold can’t set up shop.

Mistake No. 3: Using the Same Cutting Board

You should never use the same cutting board for fruits and vegetables as you do for raw meat -- even if you clean in between. It’s best to keep a cutting board just for meat and a cutting board for everything else so you don’t risk getting sick from bacteria found on raw meat.

Mistake No. 4: Neglecting the Tops of Cans

When you buy canned foods at the store, you must assume they’ve been sitting there a while. Before you open the can, be sure to wash the top with soap and rinse. That way the dirt and germs sitting on the top of the cans don’t have a chance to get into your food and cross-contaminate what’s inside.

It's a great idea to prep your meals for the week, but make sure to stay safe and healthy by following these cooking tips. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mission Viejo, Calif.

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