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Laying it on the Table...
September is National Food Safety Month. Did you know that one in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year alone?
This problem is more serious than many people realize. Food poisoning not only sends more than 100,000 Americans to the hospital each year – it can also have long-term health consequences.
But, following four simple steps can help keep your family safe from food poisoning at home.
Clean – Wash hands often – for 20 seconds with soap and running water.
Wash surfaces and utensils with hot soapy water after each use.
Wash fruits and veggies – but not meat, poultry or eggs.
Change towels often and wash them in hot water. If damp, they are a great place for bacteria to grow.
Separate – Use separate cutting boards and plates for produce and for meat, poultry and eggs.
Keep meat, poultry, seafood ad eggs separate from all other foods at the grocery.
Keep meat, poultry, seafood and eggs separate from all other foods in the refrigerator.
Cook - Use a thermometer. Most foods should reach between 145 – 165 degrees depending on the food. Check out www.foodsafety.gov for specifics.
Keep food hot after cooking (at 140 degrees for above).
Microwave food thoroughly (to 165 degrees)
Chill – Refrigerate perishable foods within 2 hours
Never thaw or marinate foods on the counter
When in doubt, throw it out. You can also check the safe storage times chart at www.foodsafety.gov.
Information for this article was retrieved at www.foodsafety.gov.