According to some studies, 20% of foodborne illnesses occur from foods prepared in a private home. Interactive and multimedia food safety tips for the home can be found at fightbac.org.
The most important food safety tips are:
Cook foods thoroughly
Keep hot foods hot (>135ºF) and cold foods cold(<41ºF).
Wash hands frequently, especially when switching from raw meat products to ready to eat foods or after using the restroom.
Avoiding cross contamination of raw meat products with ready to eat foods; this includes utensils, cutting boards, faucets, etc.
Summer Food Safety
Memorial Day signals the start of a season where food is on the move! From picnics to cookouts and barbecues-in the backyard and beyond. Since food poisoning spikes in the summer, it’s the perfect time to remind consumers about what they can do to reduce their risk.
Escaping the kitchen doesn’t mean escaping bacteria! Check out this new Food Safety on the Move flyer to help remind you of what to do when taking a meal out to the great outdoors. Share this with someone you know who is planning an outdoor summer event.