Food Safety Tips

Food safety tips and information you should know about:

Did you know?…that millions of people are sickened, 325,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 die each year from food poisoning.

Did you know?…that leftovers should be stored in airtight shallow containers (two inches or less) for rapid cooling and to prevent the build up of bacteria. The time it takes for food in a large container to cool can be long enough for bacteria to grow. Never allow leftovers to cool to room temperature before refrigerating them.

Did you know?…that nearly half of all cases of foodborne illness could be eliminated if people would wash their hands more often when preparing and handling food.

Did you know?…that recent studies show there’s no real benefit to washing meat and poultry. In fact, if you think you’re removing bacteria from meat and poultry by washing it, you might be allowing germs to spread to other ready-to-eat foods — causing cross-contamination in the process. The way to kill bacteria is to cook all meat, poultry and seafood to proper temperatures. And remember — use a meat thermometer to check the doneness!

Did you know?…that the same pathogens that cause food poisoning can cause arthritis, kidney failure, meningitis and Guillain-Barré syndrome. The Food and Drug administration estimates that about two to three percent of all food poisoning cases lead to secondary long-term illness such as these.

Did you know?…that certain people have an increased risk for foodborne illness. These “at risk” people include pregnant women and newborns, older adults, people with weakened immune systems and chronic illness including diabetes, kidney disease, AIDS and some cancer patients.

For more information go to http://www.homefoodsafety.org/

You can also join me at www.IowaAvenue.com where I am the Resident Dietitian for a Healthy Living Social Community

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