– It is a fact that food and water borne diseases can kill, or at the very least make you very ill indeed. So ask yourself these questions. Am I or my family at risk? Are there ways of cutting the risk of becoming ill from unsafe food and water especially in our fast food world? The following suggestions may help in keeping your food safe and clean.
Shop wisely when you go shopping. Most of us will not be growing our own food so obviously everything we eat will be brought in from either a shop, market, supermarket. So it’s best to buy the food that won’t perish first. Leave food you will buy from the fridge until you have done your main shop what the benefits of strength training are. Watch out when buying hot food. If your budget allows buy fresh food whenever possible. If the food is pre-wrapped (such as meat) does it smell alright? Look at the sell by date. If the package is damaged, poisonous bacteria can enter the food. If your shopping trip takes you more than 30 minutes to get home put any chilled food items into an insulated bag to keep cool.
Keep clean, washing hands are very important when preparing food. It’s estimated 80% of colds, flu, and infections of that nature are spread by hand. So washing hands especially after using the loo is a must when preparing your food. A very interesting study also revealed that while your bathroom tended to be one of the cleanest places in the house one of the worst for contamination were sponge or dishcloths in your kitchen. So change your dishcloth regularly
And make it a habit to wash/disinfect kitchen surfaces.
Before you end up with a product in your kitchen of any kind it may well have been contaminated with unclean water, animal faecal matter, or other raw food items. So it really is a good idea to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly even if you plan to peel before eating. To stop the spread of bacteria, seal or wrap all raw meat and fish products and keep them separate from other foods and use a separate cutting board and knife for these foods. Make sure to wash with soap and hot water before and after raw meat or seafood touches it. Teach your kids to wash their hands before meals and never to eat anything that has fallen on the floor.
It’s a bad idea to thaw meat at room temperature. The “United States Department of Agriculture” says the “outer layer of the food could be in what they call the ‘danger zone’ between [4 degrees C and 60 degrees C] these are temperatures bacteria multiply quickly. The best way to thaw food is in your fridge, microwave, or cold water in a non-leaky package. Thorough cooking kills almost all dangerous microorganisms and serve it as soon as possible keeping cold food cold and hot food hot. Any leftovers should be stored in your fridge and eaten within 3-4 days tops.
We all love to eat out but it’s a wise practice to be observant when going to a restaurant. When you enter a restaurant look around you to see if tables, tablecloths, utensils, and the people who are serving you are clean and tidy. I don’t know where you are in the world but health officials in some lands (as a routine) inspect and grade restaurants to see how clean they are and they post their findings for us the public to read.