6 FOOD SAFETY MEASURES;
Is eating dangerous? Recent statistics might lead you to conclude that it is. According to the world health organization (WHO), about 130 million people in the European Union are affected by food borne disease each year. However there are number of ways to help protect your food from diseases. These steps can be adopted below…..
Be sure to wash your hands in hot soapy water before preparing each dish. Always wash after using the bathroom, dealing with a baby’ or child’s hygienic needs or handling any animal, including household pets. Wash any utensils, cutting boards, and countertops with hot soapy water after preparing each dish- especially after handling raw meat, poultry, or sea food.
2. Cook thoroughly.
It is also advice you cook your food thoroughly. If the internal heat of food exceeds 70 degrees Celsius, even briefly, almost all bacteria, viruses, and parasites will be killed. Poultry should be cooked even more than that, to say 80 degree Celsius. Reheated food should be brought to a temperature of 75 degree Celsius, or it should be hot and steaming. Avoid eating poultry that is still pink inside, eggs with runny yolks or whites, or fish that is not yet opaque and that you cannot readily flake apart with a fork.
3. Keep food separate.
It is important you keep raw meat, poultry, or sea food separate from other food at times-when shopping for it, storing it, and preparing it. Do not let the juices flow or dip onto each other or onto other foods. Also, never put cooked food onto a dish that formerly held raw meat, fish, or poultry, unless that dish has been thoroughly washed with hot soapy water.
4. Store and chilled food properly.
The refrigerator can inhibit the growth of dangerous bacteria, but the temperature should be 4 degree Celsius. The freezer should be -17 degree Celsius. Put perishable food items away within two hours. If the setting out food before the meal, cover all dishes to keep flies away.
5. be cautious when dinning out.
By one estimate, from about 60 to 80 percent of the cases of food borne diseases in some developed lands originate in meals that are cooked and brought outside the home. So it is wise you become cautious and careful when eating outside. Make sure the restaurant you visit satisfies the health standards required by law. Order meat well-cooked. When it comes to take out food, make sure to eat it within two hours of the time you buy it. If more time elapses, reheat the food to a temperature of 75 degree Celsius.
6. Throw out questionable food.
If you are in doubt as to whether some food item is good or spoiled, err on the side of safety and throw out. Granted, it is unwise to waste food. Still, getting sick from bad food may prove even more costly.
6 FOOD SAFETY MEASURES;