Did you know that 48 million people are victims of food sickness? The culprit can range from animal products to produce. Food borne illness isn’t fun, but how can it be prevented?
Let’s start from the basics. Foodeborne illness is not the same as food poisoning. According to Healthline, Foodborne illness is defined as, “Any illness caused by consuming foods or beverages contaminated with harmful pathogens - such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi - or their toxins. “
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before and after you clean all food. Also remember to thoroughly clean surfaces that will be used.
Don’t cross contaminate! Use separate surfaces for vegetables, fruit and raw meat.
Thaw meats in the refrigerator and not on the counter. By thawing on the counter, the meat is more vulnerable for pathogen contamination.
Purchase a quality kitchen thermometer to ensure that food is cooked to the right temperature.
Check expiration dates, labels and properly store leftovers.
Hang this list on your refrigerator as a gentle reminder!